Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

A fast moving grass fire, driven by a strong wind, caused some anxious moments for residents in the Highland subdivision in Swift Current on Friday afternoon, Aug. 30. Emergency services received two  911 calls almost simultaneously from residents at around 3:15 about a fire, which started in the grass on the edge of a valley. Traffic along 11th Avenue NW was disrupted due to heavy smoke and the fire came close to homes on Highlands Place and Stenson Place. The fire burnt through a shrub fence and crept onto the grass of one home, but it was halted before it could cause any more damage. Residents assisted the Swift Current Fire Department by watering the grass near their homes with their garden hoses. About two hours later the fire was under control, but firefighters and residents kept a watchful eye for any small flare-ups.

 

 

Community efforts to restore the historic grain elevator in Val Marie has received a boost with the provision of a $15,000 grant from the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation.

Harvest time will have a special significance for staff at Rock Solid Refuge this fall when the crop planted for its new fundraising initiative will be gathered.

The Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM) is still conducting its summer long survey of wildlife in southwest Saskatchewan, but there is already a possibility a new bee species has been collected in the Cypress Hills.

The official unveiling and dedication ceremony of a monument to honour 16 Métis war veterans from Lac Pelletier took place Aug. 3 at Lac Pelletier Regional Park.

The recent progress with planning for a new long-term care facility in Swift Current was welcomed with enthusiastic applause by board members at a regular Cypress Regional Health Authority board meeting July 31.

The official unveiling and dedication ceremony of a monument to honour 16 Métis war veterans from Lac Pelletier took place on Aug. 3 at Lac Pelletier Regional Park. The creation of the monument is an initiative of the Prairie Dog Métis Local 123 Association to keep the memory alive of those Métis men and women who left their families in Lac Pelletier Valley to serve Canada in the First and Second World War and the Korean War. Families of these veterans came from all over western Canada to attend the event and to lay wreaths. Speakers at the event included Prairie Dog Métis Local 123 President Cecile Blanke, Métis National Council President Clem Chartier, Métis Nation of Saskatchewan Vice President Gerald Morin, former Lac Pelletier Regional Park Board Chair John Froese and Veterans Affairs Canada representative Bonnie Heidt.

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