Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The Chinook School Division’s proposed budget for 2018-19 includes additional staff and cost adjustments to address the existing budget deficit.

The Chinook School Division’s Student Services program has been able to maintain service levels despite a restructuring that changed staffing levels.

The 14th annual SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival took place in Swift Current, June 23-24. The event has become a major attraction in the city that draws visitors from across Saskatchewan and other provinces as well as other countries. It is the only kite festival in the province and one of only a handful of kite flying events in Canada. Windscape 2018 was attended by an estimated 8,500 people and the event's success was made possible with the help of over 200 volunteers. Festival visitors were able to watch choreographed kite flying by celebrity flyers or they could learn how to fly a kite in the public area, while many other activities provided entertainment for the entire family.

 

 

A musical celebration of the summer solstice took place at the Long Day's Night Music Festival in Swift Current, June 21-24. There were four nights of quality entertainment under a big top tent by entertainers from different musical genres. The tent was packed on opening night for the appearance of the popular Saskatchewan band The Dead South, who won the 2018 Juno award for traditional roots album of the year with their unique blend of bluegrass and classic folk. Swift Current alternative rock  band The Moon Runners started a night of high energy music on June 22 with their scientist rock. The Vancouver-based The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer then played their gritty blues-rock. The June 23 performers were the Saskatoon band The Steadies, which combines rock and reggae to create island rock, and the Vancouver eight-piece band Five Alarm Funk that mixes up gypsy-rock with afro-funk and a few other genres. The festival concluded on June 24 with a performance by roots rock artist Terra Lightfoot from Hamilton, Ontario, who included Swift Current as a stop on her current North American and European tour. Pictured are performances by The Dead South, The Moon Runners, and The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer.



 

The Swift Current Redneck Betties hosted the Scarlet Fever roller derby team from Brandon, Manitoba at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex, June 23. The two teams engaged in a hard hitting game, but the fast-moving Redneck Betties jammers scored points at a greater rate to secure a 230-91 win for the home team. Swift Current wrestler Aleah Nickel, who will be competing for Team Canada at the world championships in Croatia in early July, attended the roller derby. In the spirit of supporting women in sport, the South West Saskatchewan Roller Derby Association donated the 50/50 proceeds from the game to Nickel to assist her with travel costs. The Redneck Betties will play their next home game against the Weyburn Strait Jackets on Sept. 15.

 

Boxing fans in southwest Saskatchewan can look forward to see boxers from across Saskatchewan compete for provincial honours in Swift Current.

The City of Swift Current plans to update its municipal bylaws to regulate the location of cannabis retail stores in the community.

Editor:

A needs assessment of Southwest Saskatchewan residents has identified some key priorities in relation to mental health, wellness, housing, prevention initiatives and social supports.

A fundraising partnership is providing benefits to health care and baseball in southwest Saskatchewan.

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