Good news for cross country skiers in Saskatchewan this winter.
In November it was announced that cross country ski trails at Prince Albert National Park would no longer be groomed due to budget cuts at the park.
However it has just been announced that a volunteer group has in fact approached Parks Canada to take on the task and actually already started grooming some of the trails in the park.
It was announced late last week that the City of Regina is pumping $200,000 into Agribition to help make things better.
While this years show was once again a huge success, it certainly came with its share of problems, especially leaky roofs on a number of the buildings.
"We have to fix our aging infrastructure, no question," said Mayor Michael Fougere on Regina's Morning News on Tuesday. "The barns are leaking, we saw what happened, we don't want to see that."
City staff believe a $200,000 spending plan will help keep Agribition from leaving Regina after bad weather during this year's show once again revealed problems.
The massive international agriculture show has been dealing with leaky roofs in some facilities it uses on Evraz Place for years. Some bad weather last month showed how bad the situation really is.
"We had sort of a unique weather situation," concedes Agribition CEO Marty Seymour.
The province is making much more than wheat and barley and some of the products made in Saskatchewan might surprise you.
As Saskatchewan celebrates manufacturing week, it turns out it is a growing sector of the economy.
Scott Summach, sector manager of manufacturing for the ministry of economy, says the key areas include machinery, transportation and industrial equipment and agriculture. Some emerging areas include aerospace and defence for the Canadian military and electronics and instrumentation.
A leader and defender of the cattle industry died Monday morning away at the age of 70.
Neil Jahnke is being remembered today as the man who kept the calm throughout the mad cow disease era in western Canada while he was president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.
Harold Martens, the current president of the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association, says BSE was a difficult thing for producers to handle.
“The prices were poor. He was a stable influence in all of that period of time. I think that was a tremendous asset to the cattle industry,” said Martens.
A recommendation for a provincial bounty on coyotes was debated amongst the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) earlier this month.
The vote was a result of farmers hoping to exterminate coyotes that damage their livestock, costing them hundreds and thousands of dollars. The resolution for bounty on coyotes passed by just five votes and is now heading to Regina for approval.
However, coyote experts agree, a cull will not do much to lower the population of coyotes in the province.
The organizers behind the Canadian Western Agribition expect Saturday will be their busiest day yet as the 2012 edition of North America's best beef show wraps up.
A snowfall in the middle of the trade show did hit attendance numbers a bit, but Agribition C.E.O. Marty Seymour says numbers on Friday made up for the loss.
As the Canadian Western Agribition winds down for another year, competitors are ready for the Canadian Cowboy's Association Finals Rodeo Friday night.
"(We have an) interesting mix of veterans who have competed at high levels of rodeo with up-and-coming superstars," said Mark Bencze with the CCA Rodeo. Bencze describes the rodeo as a family sport, but also the most-extreme sport to watch.
Regina in November is not exactly the picture perfect holiday spot but for the people who really love Agribition, the annual trip here is something they look forward to.
For outsiders, you could think of the cattle shows like a top level commercial shoot with the cows and bulls as the actors and the owners playing all the parts behind the scenes from sales and directing to coaching, catering and the all important stylist.
This year’s edition of the Canadian Western Agribition is officially underway in Regina after a ribbon cutting Monday morning.
“We are the biggest livestock show in Western Canada. We gather the best genetics in livestock, then we surround all that with great some entertainment with our rodeos,” said Agribition President Bryan Hadland.
He added the show features over 400 exhibitors in its trade show.
“(It's) the perfect place for the local people to come and do their Christmas shopping,” Hadland said.