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Prairie climber competes on world's stage

A prairie climber is preparing to represent the country at the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Championship in Germany.

Jason Holowach lives to climb. As the owner and operator of the Grip-It Climbing gym in Saskatoon he said he recognizes it's a strange passion in the prairies.

"My mom and dad introduced us to it in northern Saskatchewan, climbing up some cliffs in LaRonge," he explained, adding he was only around eight years old when he started climbing.

Photos: Nexus Building expected to turn heads

Walking into 450 Second Ave. N., the first thing one might notice is the huge hand-made chandelier hanging in the entryway, hundreds of unique glass tubes and dance light across the white polished floors.
This is the entrance to the Nexus building, a project that took more than four years to complete, according to Ken Achs, president and CEO of Mid-West Group. Mid-West Group shares the building with Meridian Development.
"It took two weeks just to put that chandelier together," Achs said.

June wetter than normal but dryer than 2013

The month of June was wetter than normal in Saskatoon, but still dryer than last year.
According to Environment Canada, the total rainfall for last month was 94.8 mm or 3.7 inches.
In June 2013, the city saw 115.9 mm or 4.5 inches.
Meteorologist Alyssa Charbonneau said June 2014 saw more rain than the average monthly rainfall of 65.8 mm or 2.5 inches. But the daily extreme record is from June 24, 1983, when the city saw 96.6 mm in one day.

PCS recalls 47 workers to Lanigan mine

After shedding 18-percent of it's work force due to weakening markets, PotashCorp (PCS) is bringing some back to work.

PCS announced Monday on their website 47-employees have been recalled to the Lanigan mine.

Public Affairs Director Bill Johnson said hiring back the employees was in response to increased demand in Brazil, Asia and the U.S.

"Particular what's called the granular potash market. We needed to bring a little bit more production on and to do that we recalled some of the dolls at Lanigan."

Johnson added more recalls would be unlikely.

High gas prices all summer long

It always seems like we're paying more at the pumps, especially during the summer months.

Jason Toews with says that's because there's a higher demand for gas at this time of year.

It looks like gas prices will not be dropping significantly anytime soon.

"I don't think we're going to see $1.20 average price across any parts of Saskatchewan at least until September," said Toews. 

Gas prices shouldn't rise ahead of Canada Day weekend

Anyone hoping to travel over the rainy Canada Day weekend shouldn't worry about gas prices jumping, according to the co-founder of

Jason Toews says there's a misconception about what gas prices do around long weekends or holiday weekends. He says 75 per cent of the time prices actually drop .

"I think we're going to see a few gas stations lowering their price by a penny or two," Toews said ahead of the weekend. "Predominant price at most gas station should stay right around 130 or possibly even a few cents lower than that."

Weekend weather looks decent for Saskatoon

Saskatoon and area appears to be dodging the majority of rain expected this weekend.
According to Environment Canada, rainfall warnings are in place for areas in the southeast corner of the province and near the Manitoba border.
"We're under the influence of a large, low-pressure circulation. It's a very slow moving system and it's going to take a long time to finally get out of the prairies," meteorologist Natalie Hasell said.

Sask. government approves SGI rate increase

Vehicle insurance rates will be going up as of August 31 after the Saskatchewan Government approved SGI's increase.

The Crown insurance company had originally sought a 5.2 per cent increase which included a general 2.7 per cent revenue increase an a 3.7 per cent capital amount meant to replenish the Rate Stabilization Reserve (RSR).

UPDATE: Government officially approves SaskEnergy rate hike

SaskEnergy now has the go ahead to raise rates on Canada Day.

Last week, the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel approved the natural gas provider's application to increase its rates.

On Wednesday, the Government of Saskatchewan officially approved the increase. It's the first jump in six years and will raise the price of natural gas to to $4.84/Gigajoule (GJ) from the current rate of $3.82/GJ.

The province says the increase will keep SaskEnergy's commodity rate competitive with other jurisdictions.

Text to 911 service coming to Sask.

For people who are deaf and hard of hearing in Saskatchewan, contacting emergency services is about to get a little easier.

Text-to-911 service is coming to the province. It allows users to register their phone so when they call 911, the operator is notified and can contact them via text.

"It just opens up more doors for them," said Anne Websdale, communications director for the Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. "This removes a lot of those barriers for them so they can contact emergency services."

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