Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

A fieldwork team from the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa discovered a variety of mammal fossils during a successful summer trip to Grasslands National Park.

Two couples from Medicine Hat are undertaking a 900 mile trip on Saskatchewan backroads in their vintage cars to re-enact a journey by a family during the Great Depression.

The SaskAbilities Swift Current branch held an open house on Sept. 7 that also celebrated the grand re-opening of the special needs equipment program.

The City of Swift Current has made an amendment to the zoning bylaw that will control the location of cannabis retail stores in the city after concerns were raised at a recent public hearing.

The final race weekend at the Living Sky Casino Speedway in Swift Current is set to be action packed with racers from Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan competing for points and cash at the Wild Throttle Fun (WTF) Swift Current Invitational and RP Automotive Canadian Mini Circuit races.

The Swift Current SPCA's 3rd annual Pets in the Park dog walk on Sept. 9 raised around $5,000 for the local animal shelter with the support of local pet owners and various sponsors. The event, which started and ended in Riverside Park, took participants on a walk along a section of the Chinook Parkway. A total of 19 dogs were entered in the event. Dog owners qualified to participate in the walk by collecting at least $50 in pledges for the shelter. My Dog-licious Treats owner Margarita Ojeda exhibited her home-made dog cookies, which are made from fruits and vegetables with no preservatives. She donated treats for the doggy swag bags provided at the dog walk. Tara McKay of Kutz N Kisses Pet Grooming donated $105 from nail clips provided at the event to the Swift Current SPCA. She makes home visits to provide pet grooming services in the comfort of a pet's own home.

 

Swift Current Skateboarding Inc. (SCSI) hosted an outdoor skateboard competition at the Kiwanis skateboard park in Riverdene Park, Sept. 8. The event was well attended and 14 contestants entered the competition, including some from Regina. There were three categories of competition, based on skill level. SCSI is a non-profit organization that aims to provide a safe and fun environment for skateboarders of all ages. The group will be hosting indoor Thursday skate nights this fall and winter at the Lt. Colonel Clifton Centre from Oct. 25 to March 28. Below are the results of the outdoor skateboard competition:

Advanced/Open – 1st Calvin Wason, 2nd TPR, 3rd Taylor Wotypka; Intermediate – 1st Nick Desloges, 2nd Ayden Moen, 3rd Tyson Huxted; Beginner – 1st Raeya Hartley, 2nd Peydence Hartley, 3rd Jude Pritchard, Best Bail – Nick Desloges.

 

There was a large turnout of vehicles at the 7th annual Cruisin' the Market Show and Shine in Swift Current, Sept. 8. There were 100 entries for the event at Market Square, which included a wide variety of cars, trucks and motorcycles from different eras. The category winners were:

Best pre-1976 Ford – Garry Redekop, 1932 Ford Roadster; Best pre-1976 GM – Sean Haile, 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle; Best pre-1976 Mopar – John Begin, 1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee; Best post-1976 Ford – Gary Arnelien, 2012 Ford Mustang; Best post-1976 GM – Roland Loewen, 2016 Chevrolet Corvette; Best post-1976 Mopar – Tim Bickner, 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon; Best truck – Dana Zacharuk, 1950 Studebaker half-ton; Best foreign – Reece Digney, 2017 Toyota 86; Special interest – Dan Hawken, 1953 Monarch Radical Custom; Best foreign motorcycle – Sheldon Penner, 1981 Yamaha XJ550 Maxim; Best North American motorcycle – Darrel Unger, 2008 Harley-Davidson Sportster; Best vintage motorcycle – Al Kaufmann, 1930-40 Excelsior depression bike; Work in Progress – Greg Nicoll, 1970 Plymouth Satellite; Participants Choice – Bob Talaga, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro; People's Choice – Wayne Gorrill, 1968 GMC half-ton; Longest distance – Don Sinclair from St. Albert (700 km), 1984 Buick Regal Ltd.; Best drag racer – Al Kaufmann, 2008 Hamster dragster; Rat Rod – Richard Moffit, 1940 Dodge half-ton.

 

The Harvest for Hope initiative continues to raise funds for the work done by Rock Solid Refuge to help teens to overcome their challenges.

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