Have You Seen This Dog?

FILE PHOTO OF A DOG Mitzi, Prairie Dog Typo Wiener circa Sept. 9, 2010.

There was supposed to be a new issue of Prairie Dog today. There is not.

As previously announced, Covid-19 has infected the ’Dog and it is not coming out to play today.

On the bright side, this means my  car-having friends get a break from my annoying requests they drive me around dropping off papers. (Yes, that’s right, I have a paper route. I started helping with Prairie Dog deliveries a few years ago (spring 2017?) as a “temporary” cost-cutting measure. As tends to happen with harebrained austerity schemes, there’s been nothing “temporary” about my three-hour biweekly gig, though I have to say I like it and it’s actually kind of fun. I get to meet nice people and learn things. Anyway.)

On the down side, this means no new Prairie Dog for Regina readers. Yes, you’ll find things to read on our website (look for a new Gwynne Dyer column later today!), but this edition of the print paper is kaputsville.

It’s only the third time we’ve skipped an issue since going biweekly in 1999. The other two were scheduled holiday breaks though, so this is uncharted territory. Kind of a bummer.

But don’t despair! Prairie Dog will be back with a full print and web issue on April 9.

The calendar events pages might be a wee bit thin, though. Stupid plague.

An Important Message From Prairie Dog

For most of us, the Coronavirus pandemic is like nothing we’ve ever seen. COVID-19 has totally disrupted Reginan’s lives and livelihoods.

It’s hitting us, too.

Earlier this week, Prairie Dog made the difficult decision to cancel our March 26 print edition. Between the near-total collapse of advertising and the loss of, what, maybe half our distribution points in restaurants, coffee shops and pubs, putting out a paper next Thursday just doesn’t make sense. We  plan to roar back with, hmm, let’s call it a special collector’s edition on April 9. In the meantime, we’re bringing Dog Blog–remember that?–out of cold storage so you’ll have lots to read. Stay tuned!

Collectively, we’re at the start of something that, for better and/or for worse, will fundamentally change our understanding of the society and world we live in, but there are a lot of challenges ahead. If you’re able, please consider donating to help us continue publishing. Prairie Dog has a lot to offer Regina and Saskatchewan, but we flat-out can’t do it without your help.

As a lot of people are suddenly discovering, it turns out we all really ARE in this together. Let’s make it work.

Foliage Report 2018: Friday, June 3

Every May for six or seven years I’ve take daily photographs of the tree outside our window. It’s a stupid annual tradition but I like it, so there. I usually wrap things up June 1 with a bunch of photos but the weather was crap so I held off for a couple extra days. Today however, was spectacular so here’s the final installment of this spring’s foliage report. Happy summer trails!
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