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LMT February 12 2018

LMT February 12 2018 - Vol. 111 No. 12

LMT February 12

Inside Highway Hockey League Page 2 News in Brief Page 3 RCMP report Page 5 From The Sidelines Page 5 Ministerial Messages Page 6 Ag Notes Page 7 School News Page 9 Obituary Page 10 psychology for living Page 11 TIMES Now Serving The Waterfront Circulation Estimated 5000 LAST MOUNTAIN Serving Last Mountain Area Communities of Nokomis, Strasbourg, Drake, Lockwood, Semans, Raymore, Govan, Duval, Bulyea, Earl Grey, Silton, AND NOW Lumsden, Craven, Regina Beach & Southey Volume 111, No. 12 Established in 1908 Monday, February 12, 2018 Fox’s Point partnership RM moves to protect its last natural prairie shoreland On January 22nd the Rural Municipality of McKillop #220 took a major step towards protecting its last natural shoreland from development through forming a partnership with the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF).Council approved adding the SWF to the title of the property known as Fox’s Point on the east shore of Last Mountain Lake and, in conjunction with Nature Saskatchewan, setting up a conservation easement under provincial law that establishes the purpose and management of the property as a protected natural space. Reeve Howard Arndt says people choose to live in the RM because they want an environment different from the city. He says the decision is part of a vision for the RM that reflects ratepayers’ desire for a more natural, rural lifestyle that balances development and nature. “We have a responsibility to our natural environment,” said Arndt. “Fox’s Point is the last chance we’ll have to protect a bit of natural prairie shore land. And it’s on a major flyway for migratory birds. There is strong support from the majority of ratepayers, as well as from many others, including the Lumsden Valley Community Association, the Village of Silton and neighbouring RM of Natural prairie shoreland at Fox’s Point on the east side of Last Mountain Lake. -photo by Craik Wotherspoon Longlaketon #219, Ducks Unlimited, the Nature Conservancy and Nature Saskatchewan. And, the Fox family, former owners of the property, have also expressed their support for preserving the land.” Arndt acknowledges that there has been opposition from developers, or from those who want protection that is much weaker than the agreement with the SWF. “We spent a lot of time listening to opponents of land protection, and studying all the options,” says Arndt. “We sought legal and professional land planning counsel. And there was just an overwhelming conclusion that giving Fox’s Point solid protection is the only responsible way to go. It’s a legacy for the environment, for our people, and for all the future children who will be raised near this wonderful resource.” The two parties who will have title to the land – the RM and the SWF – will develop, in conjunction with Nature Saskatchewan, plans for the careful management of the area for natural environment purposes. “It will be a space where residents and their children can learn about the local environment and natural history,” Arndt added. “Council continues to invite consultation through written submissions from ratepayers as the next steps and plans are finalized. In addition, Fox’s Point will be an item for discussion at the RM’s Public Meeting coming up later in February at the Bulyea Community Hall.” -media release $2 .00 tax included Published by Last Mountain Times Ltd. Box 340, Nokomis, SK S0G 3R0 Potash mine closures? Confirming fears that some observers expressed months ago when Agrium and PotashCorp began merger talks, the new company Nutrien has revealed that it is looking to cut costs which could result in less-profitable potash mines in Saskatchewan being phased out. Last week the company said it was looking at all options to reach $500 million US ($626 million CDN) in savings by the end of 2019. A Nutrien official confirmed that “all things are on the table”. Prior to the merger, PotashCorp closed its mine in New Brunswick, cutting 430 jobs, and also in 2016, they laid off 140 workers at their Cory potash mine here in Saskatchewan. Production was also limited at the Allan, Sask., and Lanigan, Sask., mines this past fall. There is some indication that production could shift to the newly expanded, lower production cost mine at Rocanville, Sask. The new company says it is focusing on maximizing performance at its existing potash mines. Even though the company expects to earn between $3.2 billion and $3.7 billion US this year before deductions, it is still focused on the bottom line: return for shareholders. -editor Currie’s Corner Page 11 Business Directory Page 14 Camshaft Corner Page 15 Coffee Break Outside Mon :-15°C Tues :-5°C Wed :-9°C Thur :-14°C Fri :-12°C Sat :-13°C Sun :-15°C Forecasted high temperatures LMVBA considers “Buy Local” campaign The Last Mountain Valley Business Association held its regular monthly meeting last Wednesday evening at the Lions Den in Strasbourg, and the main item on the agenda was a discussion of the emerging and ongoing need to encourage local area residents to spend their money in the local area. Association President Kirby Kazeil said it is unfortunate that some local businesses are wanting for customers, while others seem to be doing okay. “We understand that the economy is in a bit of a slow patch right now,” Kazeil said. “But that’s all the more reason for people to get together and support their local businesses. We know that a lot of shopping dollars go into the city, when they could just as easily be spent in our local communities, supporting local businesses and jobs.” “Something has to be done to remind local people to shop locally, and then to keep that goal top-of-mind. It doesn’t make sense that we’ve been able to attract new businesses, business owners, employees and their families to the Last Mountain area, and then seem to leave them on their own to build their businesses without the full support of the communities,” Kazeil said. “As an association of business owners and operators, we have to find a way to encourage the residents of our communities to think of buying their goods and services locally. It’s all too easy to jump into the truck and head into the city pick up everything from groceries to building materials. We have to turn that around.” Kazeil said the LMVBA fully understands that many goods and services must be purchased from outside our trading area so they are not wanting to shame people, just remind them to shop local whenever possible. The association discussed ways of encouraging local shopping and educating people about its importance, including signage, advertising, and educational presentations and sessions. Members at last week’s meeting undertook to do some research on the matter, and report back to next regular LMVBA meeting, scheduled for March 7th. -editor The Annual Bulyea Winter Carnival was held during the first weekend in February, and as always, was a wellattended, successful event. The curling competition was fierce but friendly, with four teams vying for top honours. In the end, the Lego People (Justin Kerr, Adam Fritzler, Landon Magel, and Danielle Stephens) were able to ‘put it together’ and win the A-side final. Details and more photos on page 8.