This is video from the Crowsnest Pass was made courtesy by Carmen Hudson. The video was shot this morning (June 20). There were numerous high stream advisors as well as flood watches and warnings for much of southwest and western Alberta issued June 20. Crowsnest Pass declared a state of emergency as of 2 p.m. Please see Alberta Environment for flood updates at: http://environment.alberta.ca/forecasting/advisories/
A special visitor to the Swift Current Museum caused quite a stir during the Lunch and Learn talk on June 12. Sanders, a six-year-old burrowing owl, accompanied Lori Johnson of the Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre in Moose Jaw. Johnson spoke about this endangered owl species and Sanders captivated the audience with her presence. Burrowing owl numbers in Saskatchewan have decreased at a rate of about 22 per cent per year during the past 10 years. In 2012 there were only 32 pairs in the province. Visit the Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre website to learn more about these unique birds.
A groundbreaking ceremony for a Métis veterans war monument took place on May 18, 2013 at Lac Pelletier Regional Park. The monument is an initiative by the Prairie Dog Métis Local 123 Association to honour 16 war veterans who grew up around Lac Pelletier Valley.
The official opening of the new simulation training centre at Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current took place on April 19. The centre has three medical mannequins - an adult, child and baby - that will be used to enhance the training of medical staff. The mannequins are controlled from a control room to exhibit life-like medical conditions that must be treated by medical staff.
Water levels in the Swift Current Creek have been gradually rising since the start of the week due to increased flows from the Duncairn Dam, which has helped to break up ice on the creek.
Sections of the Chinook Pathway in Swift Current have been flooded by April 5 and City crews have erected barriers at these locations.
There has been a steady increase in the water volumes released from Duncairn Dam into the Swift Current Creek. On April 3 the flow rate increased from 200 to 400 cubic feet per second (cfs) and on April 4 it increased to 600 cfs. The higher flow rate will speed up the clearing of ice and snow from the creek channel and also increase storage potential in the dam.
Below are video and photos of the water flow over the Duncairn Dam spillway on April 3. Other photos show the water runoff as a result of melting ice and snow in the rural area southwest of Swift Current between the city and the Duncairn Dam reservoir.
The City of Swift Current Fire Department, Rural Municipality #137 Fire Department, EMS and RCMP were the key responders along with a number of other organizations during the Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) exercise at the Swift Current Airport on Sept. 6, 2012.
The exercise consisted of a simulated two-plane collision. Simulated casualties were transported to the Cypress Regional Hospital to evaluate the Cypress Health Region's mass casualty protocols.
The Prairie Post went along for a scenic flight over historic Fort Walsh and the Cypress Hills in a DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver on Aug. 10, 2012. Great Circle Airways now provides daily tours of the Cypress Hills area from the Maple Creek airport. Call them at 306-741-1881.
Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Bryan Trottier performs with his sister, Kathy Grant, in Swift Current on July 29, 2012, at an event organized by Prairie Dog Metis Local 1.2.3 to honour the Val Marie native.