Saskatchewan finally gets a fight commission, now will it get the UFC?

 The news from the other day is that the Saskatchewan government is finally legislating an athletics commission, with the commission expected to be up and running and able to accept applications by April. Rumors have been rampant for months about Saskatchewan as a possible locale for a UFC event, most likely at SaskTel Centre in…

It’s a dismal, flooded-out day throughout eastern Saskatchewan

You may have noticed a lot of empty seats at the Saskatchewan Roughriders home opener. No wonder, given the amount of flash-flooding that hit several communities today. Among the cities and towns that had state of emergencies were Yorkton, Melville, Carnduff,  Redvers, and several others. Regina itself had several areas of town flooded. What a…

SOME WEATHER THOUGHTS FOR MID-OCTOBER

We are now deep into mid-October, and while the weather around here in Saskatchewan is certainly colder than it was before, so far the snow is staying away and that is really the one thing I care about. I can handle a little cold, but snow? Well, that thought is just too depressing. Other places,…

NO, I DIDN’T GO TO THE PAUL MCCARTNEY CONCERT IN REGINA

Unfortunately, I was too exhausted from my recent Denver trip to go to the Paul McCartney concert in Regina. I had looked into going, and there were apparently still tickets available but I was simply too lazy to snap any up. A lot of the talk this week was about how the concert was still…

SASK. STORM RECAP

Here’s a report on what transpired with today’s storms in Saskatchewan. Fortunately, it looks like the twisters touched down mainly in unpopulated rural areas.

TORNADO WATCHES FOR SASKATCHEWAN

A scary weather day is unfolding in Saskatchewan. Much of the southern portion of the province including Saskatoon and Regina are under Tornado Watches. There were already Severe Thunderstorm warnings out for a few places but those are now lifted, for the time being anyway. Here’s what the Weather Network had to say about the…

UFC 161 TONIGHT IN WINNIPEG. WHEN THE #$%& IS SASK. GOING TO GET THE UFC??!!

Just want to let you know people in Saskatchewan are very happy Winnipeg is hosting UFC 161 tonight at MTS Centre — but we’re also a little annoyed. Why them, and why not us? People here in Saskatchewan want to get the ball rolling to bring a UFC event to Saskatchewan as soon as possible, especially since we have venues here…

SASKATCHEWAN IS COOL!!! JUNO AWARDS ARE ON, LIVE FROM REGINA

Our hip province of Saskatchewan is hosting the 2013 JUNO Awards in Regina. Live blog coverage of that event can be found from the Leader-Post here. I plan to say more about this and other big events coming to our province in the days ahead.

THE UFC NEEDS TO COME TO SASKATCHEWAN

With UFC 158 in the books in Montreal and with Winnipeg next to host a UFC event, folks in Saskatchewan are salivating about one day hosting the UFC, too. Read a story where the UFC’s Canadian director of operations Tom Wright talked openly about bringing the UFC to Saskatchewan and possibly hosting an event here. His comments have understandably…

SASK. NDP LEADERSHIP CONVENTION IS THIS WEEKEND

Just wanted to say that I will be heading to Saskatoon to cover the Saskatchewan NDP leadership convention this weekend for the Regional Optimist. Despite the fact that I’ve been covering the news for a while now and have covered other conventions, summit meetings and political gatherings, this will actually be my first leadership convention as an accredited journalist. (At least,…

WRAPUP OF SUMA CONVENTION STORIES

This past week I had the opportunity to cover the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) Convention in Saskatoon. I was there for two of the days of the convention at TCU Centre, including the last day — the bear pit of cabinet ministers on Wednesday.  Here’s one of my convention stories from the Monday session here….

SASK. NDP LEADERSHIP RACE STILL GOING STRONG, PLUS A BIG WEEK FOR LIBERALS

This is a big week for leadership contests in Canada, including here in Saskatchewan, where the four hopefuls vying for the NDP leadership continue to campaign. Tomorrow night, they are to be in North Battleford for an all-candidates forum, one of many they have been holding around the province in the runup to the March vote in Saskatoon….

IT IS MUNICIPAL ELECTION DAY IN SASKATCHEWAN

Just wanted to let you know that election results will come in tonight for mayors, councils and school board elections all over Saskatchewan, starting at 8pm local time. I am covering North Battleford results but there really isn’t going to be much excitement here as the mayor got in by acclamation. Still, you can find…

SCARY STORM FORECASTS FOR SASKATCHEWAN ON TUESDAY

We are under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch where I am at the moment, but tomorrow promises to be an even hairier day for people across Saskatchewan with the real threat of Supercell Severe Thunderstorms and possibly even tornadoes. Our local professional Tornado chaser in Saskatchewan, Greg Johnson, is sounding the alarm about a big threat of tornadoes, particularly…

THIS WEEK’S NEWS FROM NOWHERE IS A REAL HIGHWIRE ACT

Welcome again to News from Nowhere for this Monday night. I have a few items to share with you this night about all the happenings going on out there. I guess the first piece of business is to mention Nik Wallenda’s highwire crossing over Niagara Falls on Friday, which ended up a success. Of course, at…