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HEADLINES FOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 27
Scattered Showers Forecast for Southwest Saskatchewan
Environment Canada is calling for Partly Sunny conditions Today, a chance of Showers or Thundershowers and 24. Cloudy Tonight with Showers and 14. Thursday's outlook calls for Cloudy conditions with Showers and 21. Looking ahead to Friday, a forecast High of 25 with a chance of Showers. Sunshine returns to the forecast by Saturday and 26 with a High of 30 for Sunday. Mainly Sunny and 27 for Holiday Monday.

Semi Trailer vs Tractor Accident West of Swift Current
Swift Current Rural RCMP responded to a traffic accident last night around 10:40 involving a semi tractor trailer and a tractor, 13km West of Swift Current on Hwy#1. Both Eastbound and Westbound lanes of Highway #1 were shut down to allow emergency crews to respond and investigate the scene.

No further details are available at this time.

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With construction underway of Dorie’s House, the SWYES committee still requires funding to operate the facility on a daily basis. Emanual Viveiros is the new Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel for the Swift Current Broncos. Increased numbers of animals testing positive for rabies are being reported this year and health experts are advising you to take precautions.

Blue Green Algae Advisory
With the ongoing hot temperatures, many areas of Saskatchewan are reporting the development of Blu Green Algae in various bodies of water. The Water Security Agency and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health are advising you to avoid direct contact and any consumption of any surface water where Algae blooms are present. Blue green algae blooms can be harmful for household pets and livestock, therefore you're reminded to keep animals away from these areas. Blue green algae blooms are a regular occurrence in some parts of Saskatchewan during warm summer temperatures and form in shallow, slow moving water. These blooms can last around three weeks and move around water bodies as wind and wave action dictates.

The last number of years of high flows and flooding experienced in a number of areas across the province contributed more nutrients to water bodies which combined with warm weather help the formation of blue green algae blooms. Blue green algae blooms often give the water a shimmering, foamy appearance with blue green, bright blue, grey or tan in colouration. Direct contact or unintended consumption of algae-contaminated water can cause red skin, sore throat, cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. In addition, caution should be taken when considering the consumption of fish or shellfish caught in areas of a water body where a bloom exists; the internal organs of the fish should not be eaten.

If you have health related questions about blue green algae, please contact your local health region office with general details available on line: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/health/understanding-the-health-care-system/saskatchewan-health-regions/regional-public-health-offices

Water Safety Near the North Saskatchewan River
Following the recent oil spill from a Husky Energy Pipeline near Maidstone, Saskatchewan health officials are cautioning residents to limit recreational activities in the North Saskatchewan River. You're advised to not consume fish caught in the river, and to avoid water activities that may result in river water being ingested. This includes: swimming, tubing, wakeboarding or skiing and other forms of recreation where people come in direct contact with the water, allowing pets or livestock in the water or eating fish from the river.

Our first priority is the health and safety of our residents, Director of Environmental Health for the Ministry of Health Tim Macaulay said. We believe it’s wise to take these precautionary steps until authorities have determined that the river water quality does not pose a risk to public safety.

Recommendations for safe recreational water use will be updated as more information is received about the effects of the oil spill on the quality of river water.

Kelly Schafer Re-Groups With Team Scotland
Olympic curler Kelly Schafer has been drafted into Team Muirhead of Scotland as their super sub for the start of the new season. The world silver medalist and former team mate of Skip Eve Muirhead, brings a wealth of knowledge to the game as well as being a familiar face which should allow her to fit in seamlessly while Anna Sloan successfully continues her rehabilitation for her return to the game this season. Schafer, who now resides in Swift Current, has continued to operate among the best curlers in the world, winning bronze at the Canadian Mixed Championships as well as the Saskatchewan Mixed Championships in 2014.

Nominations Accepted for Premier's Award for Excellence in the Public Service
Do you know an individual who goes above the call of duty?... Nominations are now being accepted for the Premier's Award of Excellence in Public Service. Individuals or teams from provincial government ministries as well as various Treasury Board Crown corporations, boards, commissions and agencies are eligible as nominees. Nominations can be made by the public service, stakeholder organizations, clients and the public. Award recipients receive a pewter trophy, a lapel pin bearing the Saskatchewan coat of arms and a certificate to recognize their achievement. For more information on the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service and to submit a nomination, log onto: www.saskatchewan.ca/government/heritage-honours-and-awards/premiers-award-for-excellence-in-the-public-service.