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6 Monday, March 5, 2018 • Last Mountain Times CONTINUED from PAGE 1 fully staffed, but hoped it would be soon. Another of the questions raised was the matter of division boundaries within the RM and whether all areas are being treated fairly in terms of spending on services. “A study by the previous council indicated there is a fair distribution of revenue,” the Reeve responded. “But more work is required to get a more detailed analysis of the resort and more populated areas.” On the question of ‘self-governance’ in the more urbanized areas of the RM, the Reeve said that option is there for consideration, and is, in fact, and option that the provincial government’s policies seem to favour. “The RM did meet with provincial officials regarding the boundary concerns, but the province’s only response was to study the matter more and get back to them with a firm proposal,” Arndt stated. “We must study this matter thoroughly and review all possible options, with direction from the Province. They have the final say.” He added that the current petition on the matter, with its defined boundaries, if validated, would result in a referendum in the fall. Other questions during the first half of the meeting concerned the definition of a ratepayer vs a resident; winter road maintenance concerns; legal issues concerning the Sundale Recreation Corporation subdivision; the practice of Council holding closed session meetings; the recent petition for a ‘financial and management audit’; why council has a lawyer present for council meetings; how tax rates are set for the Resort Villages; and what the consultation process is for zoning bylaws. The Fox’s Point matter, ostensibly one of the more contentious points up for discussion at the meeting, turned out to be a non-starter. An information piece was made available as people signed-in for the meeting, and when the matter came up, the Reeve asked if anyone was against supporting the RM’s position and plan to protect the property, no one spoke up. (the RM’s plan involves adding the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) to the legal title, and working with Nature Saskatchewan to develop a plan for how Fox’s Point will be managed as a protected natural area). The main criticism prior to the meeting was whether there were other partners that would provide protection as strong or stronger than the SWF partnership. The Reeve said Council concluded the SWF and Nature Saskatchewan plan was the best option. Members of the Fox family were in attendance to confirm the family’s support for Council’s decision, and an SWF representative answered questions. RM 220 committed to posting the full session of questions and answers for ratepayers to review and comment on, as soon as the information is available to put online. -editor Same old same old Do you ever have the feeling that life on the Canadian prairies resembles a bad movie, like Groundhog Day? It says here, grain farmers in Western Canada say billions of dollars are at stake unless Ottawa deals with a serious shortage of rail cars to move crops to market. As spring seeding approaches, industry leaders were in the nation’s capital this week, warning that we could be on the verge of a grain crisis, not unlike what happened five years ago, at an estimated cost of $8 billion. The concern is over Bill C-49 which is stalled in the Senate. The legislation will supposedly give the Grain Transportation Agency additional power to order the railways to make more cars available in a timely manner, and to fine them millions of loonies if they don’t comply. The last such crisis, in the winter of 2013-14, was blamed on what became known as the ‘winter from hell’. Extreme cold puts a tremendous strain on railway rolling stock, especially the diesel-electric locomotives that were made many years ago and are not really designed to work best in the prairie deep freeze. The farm groups didn’t buy that story five years ago, and no one is using the cold as an excuse this time. A large portion of the cost when grain shipments are backed up across the prairies, are for what’s known as demurrage charges. It happens when foreign ships are kept waiting for weeks at a time in a port like Vancouver, because there’s not enough grain available. CURRIE’S CORNER ROGER CURRIE In 2014, Stephen Harper’s government ordered CN and CP to double the amount of grain being moved, or else they could be dinged as much as $100,000 a week. As far I can tell, none of it happened and the grain eventually got through. The prairies continue to feed millions around the world, but as the years go by, it’s a story, and a recurring ‘crisis’, that fewer and fewer people pay any attention to . - Roger Currie Disclaimer: opinions expressed are those of the writer. PRESENTS: MURDER ME, MURDER ME NOT BY William J. Springer Produced by special arrangement with Elkridge Publishing Co TICKETS AVAILABE AT *Friday March 23* *Saturday March 24* Earl Grey Community Hall Cocktails 6:00 Buffet Dinner 7:00 EARL GREY CREDIT UNION Tickets $30.00 (non refundable) SPONSORED BY: 306-939-2100 EARL GREY COMMUNITY HALL OR CONTACT KATHY MOHR EARL GREY CURLING CLUB 306-391-9179 EARL GREY VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS SEATING IS LIMITED Subscribe for free at LMTIMES.CA CONTINUED from PAGE 1 with youth from the ages of 11-17 making up the majority of participants. For most, this was their first exposure to the exciting and fast-paced atmosphere of a multi-sport games. For many, it will serve as a stepping stone to a higher level of competition. For the first time in Saskatchewan Games history, a parasport was included in the sport calendar. Prince Albert’s Krystle Shewchuk and Cherish Nontell of Christopher Lake competed in Para-Nordic Skiing and were coached by ten-time Paralympic medalist Colette Bourgonje. While countless personal best results and performances were achieved by individual athletes at the Games, the Saskatchewan Games sees nine different sport Districts compete against each other for two major honours: the Games Flag and the Joe Griffith Trophy. The Games Flag is an impressive award given to the District who achieves the best overall performance at the Games by accumulating the most flag points. The amount of flag points a District team collects is determined by the scoring system for each sport; teams and individuals are awarded points based on their final placings. In a repeat of its success from the 2016 Saskatchewan Summer Games in Estevan, Team Saskatoon took home the title with a total of 108 medals and 184 flag points. The Joe Griffiths Award is given to the District team with the highest percentage improvement in final standings from the previous Saskatchewan Games. Comparison is made on a summer-to-summer and winter-to-winter basis. With an improvement of 15 flag points from the 2014 Winter Games in Prince Albert, Team South East was awarded the trophy. Team South East boasts athletes from Weyburn, Estevan, Balgonie and surrounding areas. Team North, which is comprised of athletes, coaches and staff from the northern region of the province, saw improved success at the Games, earning 17 medals and 41 flag points. The other District teams participating in the Games were Team Prairie Central, with athletes from Warman, Humboldt, and Fort Qu’Appelle area; Team Parkland Valley, with athletes from Yorkton and Melville area; Team South West, with athletes from Swift Current and Moose Jaw area; Team Lakeland, with athletes from Prince Albert and Nipawin area; the hosting Team Rivers West, with athletes from the Battlefords and Lloydminster area; and Team Regina. The 2018 Saskatchewan Winter Games will leave behind a half million dollar legacy of upgraded sporting venues and equipment in the Battlefords, as well as a trained and enthusiastic volunteer corps. The next edition of the Saskatchewan Games will be in Lloydminster, who will host the 2020 Summer Games. The Saskatchewan Games will celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2022. -media release, with photos by Dennis Simpson

HIGHWAY HOCKEY LEAGUE President’s report Lumsden takes 1-0 lead in semi-final. The Lumsden Monarchs defeated the Raymore Rockets 11-7 on Tuesday evening in Lumsden taking a 1-0 lead in the best of five HHL semi-final. It certainly was not a defensive battle. The first period saw Raymore take a 3-1 lead. In the second period the Rockets had a 5-2 lead before Lumsden stormed back with four goals and had a 6-5 lead going into the third period. In the third period the Monarchs increased their lead to 7-5 before the Rockets scored twice to tie the game. The Monarchs would score the final four goals to make the final 11-7. Liam Brennan led the way for the Monarchs with four goals, including a power play goal, and two assists. League scoring leader Kyle Johnson had two goals and three assists for the Monarchs. Also scoring for the Monarchs were Josh Beaudry, Justin Nychuk, Austin Preete, Braeden Adamyk and Torrey Lindsey who scored the game winner. Michael Jordan and Tyler Bell led the way for the Rockets with each scoring two goals. One of Bell’s goals was on the power play. Braden Bentz had a goal and two assists. Tyrell Shulko and Drew Kocur also scored for the Rockets. Will Hood made 33 saves in the Lumsden net and Riley Focht-Gabriel made 31 saves in the Raymore net. Lumsden was one for four one the power play and Raymore was one for five. Game two of this series in Tuesday in Raymore at 8:00 and game three is Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. (?) in Lumsden. The Bethune/Strasbourg best of five series starts in Bethune on Thursday evening in Bethune at 8:15. Game two of this series is on Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m. in Strasbourg and game three is on Thursday evening in Bethune. League awards soon to be announced. Voting for League Awards are taking place. HHL teams Monday, March 5, 2018 • Last Mountain Times have been sent ballots for the 2017-18 Awards that inlude the Lynwood Millar Coach of the Year award, the Ken Hale Memorial for Manager of the Year, the Stats-Van Trott Trophy for Rookie of the Year, the Eckdahl-Jenkins Memorial Trophy for MVP Local and our League MVP Trophy. The All-Star team will also be voted on. We do know that Kyle Johnson from the Lumsden Monarchs is this year’s recipient of the Tyson Sievert HHL Scoring Champion Trophy, We also know that the Bethune Bulldogs have won the the League Pennant and for the second year in a row have won the Gunnar Lindal Team Goaltending Award. Ryan Holfeld, Ryan Seibel and Riley Christison will be on that trophy this year. The Most Sportsmanlike Player Trophy is not voted on the same as with these other awards. Each team submits one name from another team and that is all there is to it and we usually have a clear winner. Nominated for Most Valuable Player this year are Ryan Holfeld from the Bethune Bulldogs, Kyle Hall from the Cupar Canucks, Kyle Johnson from the Lumsden Monarchs, Tyler Bell from the Raymore Rockets, Ryley Storzuk from the Southey Marlins and Tanner Exner from the Strasbourg Maroons. Nominated for Most Valuable Player Local are Greg Ferguson from the Strasbourg Maroons, Travis Mohr from the Southey Marlins, Tyrell Shulko from the Raymore Rockets, Brady Aulie from the Lumsden Monarchs, Travis Orr from the Cupar Canucks and Matt Delahey from the Bethune Bulldogs. Most of our trophies have been in existence for over fifty years. Those that win these awards and that are on the All-Star team are presented a plaque either at a playoff game or at their team windup. Provincials update. The Raymore Rockets tied the Theodore Buffalo last Saturday evening in Theodore. Game two of this two game total point Provincial ‘C’ series will be in Raymore on Saturday evening, March 3rd, at 8:00 p.m. The Strasbourg Maroons were defeated by Kyle this ‘AAA’ serpast Sunday in Strasbourg 7-4. Game two of this Provincial ‘D’ series is Sunday in Kyle at 4:00 p.m. The Bethune Bulldogs opened up their Provincial Overheard at the coffee shop 7 Mexican-theme Funspiel My neighbour’s kids out in Vancouver won a million dollars on the lottery. They paid down some of their mortgage and spent the rest on a down payment on a used car. Back L to R: Elaine Hack, Ruth Heintz, Joy Strueby, Brenda Huber, Trina Mitchell, Kianna Hack, Karen Flavel, Chris Wagner. Front L to R: Rhonda de Hoop, Bernice Scott, Morgan Thompson, Allison de Hoop, Carla Firmoski A fun group of four teams entered the Strasbourg Curling Club’s Ladies “Mexican Fiesta Funspiel” held Saturday, February 24. The top three teams were: Morgan Thompson, Carla Firmoski and Karen Flavel placing 1st; Rhonda de Hoop, Bernice Scott, and Chris Wagner placing 2nd; and Joy Strueby, Ruth Heintz, Brenda Huber and Trina Mitchell coming in 3rd. For the banquet, curlers enjoyed a hot meal of Mexican Tacos with all the fixings. Special activites included a Mexican Jumping Bean Relay and the Grade 1 version of the Mexican Hat Dance. Allison de Hoop was the lucky winner of the curling blanket made and donated by Nola Schulz. She was really lucky as she also won the ‘hog pot’ and it was even two different people who drew her name! (She must have had a Good Luck Gecko up her sleeve!) Each of the ladies participating received one of the many awesome prizes donated by local and surrounding area businesses. We welcome new and used curlers to enter the “End of Season Spiel” or the “Late Night Spiel” coming up in March. Watch for posters. -info and photo submitted by Rhonda de Hoop Subscribe to Digital Edition Free! Midweek updates & corrections LMTIMES.CA