Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The provincial government's allocation of additional mid-year school funding to Saskatchewan school divisions will help the Chinook School Division to deal with a deficit during the current financial year.

Thursday, 22 February 2018 06:11

City council votes to increase electrical rates

Swift Current residents and business will be paying more for electricity in March as a result of an electricity rate adjustment by SaskPower that will be passed on by the City of Swift Current’s Light & Power.

A new fire protection agreement between three local authorities will allow the Swift Current Fire Department to provide support to the Stewart Valley Fire Department to fight structural fires.

The Swift Current Comprehensive High School Senior Colts basketball team hosted the 6th annual Doug Armstrong Memorial invitational tournament, Feb. 16-17. The Colts remained undefeated to win gold. This was the team's second home tournament of the season, and the Colts won both. Teams from Estevan Humboldt, North Battleford, Warman and Weyburn competed at this tournament. The Colts won the first game 95-48 against the Humboldt Mohawks on Friday afternoon. On Saturday morning the Colts continued their winning ways with a 72-57 victory against the Warman Wolverines. The Colts played their toughest game of the tournament against the Weyburn Eagles on Saturday afternoon. The home team only had a 55-53 lead at half time and fell a few points behind when the game resumed, but the Colts regained a 78-70 lead at the end of the third quarter and kept ahead to win 96-90.

 

The Swift Current Broncos played two games against the Medicine Hat Tigers over the Family Day long weekend, and each team won on home ice. The Broncos had a convincing 6-2 victory over the Tigers on Feb. 16. It was their 10th straight win on home ice. The Swift Current team scored four goals in the first period and added two more in the second period. The Tigers avoided a shutout when they scored twice in the final period. Broncos captain Glenn Gawdin scored his 50th goal of the season and Aleksi Heponiemi recorded four assists to reach his 100th point of the year. The Broncos played in Medicine Hat on Feb. 17, where they suffered a 4-3 loss in overtime. The Broncos had a 3-1 lead in the third period, but the Tigers scored twice to force overtime. Ryan Jevne scored the game-winning goal for the Tigers against Broncos goalie Stuart Skinner at 3:07 in overtime.

 

The Swift Current SPCA's annual appeal to the community kicked off on Feb. 15 with a fun event to make residents aware of the fundraising campaign. Three local celebrities were impounded at the shelter during the Celebrity Dog Pound event and they had to raise at least $18 from 18 people before they were released. They received the same treatment as other strays, and got a bowl of food, their photos were taken, and they were issued with a dog tag. The Celebrity Dog Pound participants were Dan Johnson of Innovation Credit Union, Justina Sather of Living Sky Casino and Karla Wiens (pictured) of the Swift Current & District Chamber of Commerce. They helped the SPCA to raise over $3,300 with the event. The SPCA's $18-for-'18 appeal is asking Swift Current area residents to consider a donation of $18 or more to the animal shelter during 2018. The Swift Current SPCA is a non-profit organization that relies on community support for most of its operational costs. The shelter costs more than $25,000 per month to operate and provided care to more than 350 pets in 2017. It is a non-kill animal shelter that is staffed 365 days a year to provide shelter, food and care to domestic pets. Donations to the $18-for-'18 appeal can be mailed to the Swift Current SPCA at Box 1163, Swift Current, S9H 3X3 or dropped off at the shelter at 2101 Knight Crescent or the SPCA Used Book Store at 37 1st Ave NE. Donations can also be made online at the SPCA website www.spcaswiftcurrent.com. Donations of $10 or more are tax-receipted.

 

Students from Maple Creek Composite School (MCCS) attended a regular meeting of the Chinook School Division's board of education on Feb. 12 to make a presentation about the benefits of using Google Classroom. They guided board members through the process to log into Google Classroom, complete an assignment, submit it to a teacher, and share feedback. The students spoke about the benefits of Google Classroom for individual and group learning. This versatile web tool makes it easier for teachers to distribute assignments and to communicate with students. MCCS has been using Google Classroom about a year, and it is a good combination with the Chromebook laptops that are used by students in the school.

 

Swift Current resident and small business owner Maria Lewans is the Saskatchewan Green Party candidate in the March 1 by-election in Swift Current.

Stefan Rumpel, the Saskatchewan NDP candidate in the Swift Current by-election, wants to be a strong local voice for the community and he is eager to meet voters during his campaign.

Aidan Roy, the candidate for the Saskatchewan Liberal Party in the upcoming March 1 by-election in Swift Current, believes it is time to bring back the voice of moderate voters in provincial politics.

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