Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg


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.

Swift Current swim coach Jackie Powell’s passion for training athletes has taken her across Canada and the world.

The City of Swift Current is able to move ahead with the 2nd Avenue East bridge rehabilitation project with financial support from the federal and provincial governments.

The federal NDP candidate for the Cypress Hills-Grasslands riding is looking forward to meeting voters during the election campaign.

Wymark farmer Marvin Wiens has declared his candidacy for the Liberal Party in the Cypress Hills-Grasslands riding.

The campaign office of the Liberal Party in the Cypress Hills-Grasslands federal riding has been vandalized shortly after the election signs went up in the large windows of a building in downtown Swift Current.

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