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Harper announces $2.5M for mine training in Northern Sask.

On Tuesday, Stephen Harper landed in La Ronge, less than five kilometres Northeast of Air Ronge, for the first time since he was elected as Prime Minister in 2006.

He visited Northlands College's Air Ronge campus to make a major funding announcement through the Federal Western Diversification Program. The funds, paired with almost $3 million through other groups, will cover the cost of heavy equipment simulators, build a facility to house the simulators and help create the Northlands College Mine School. $1.1 million will go towards the two simulators.

Police plane directs ground crews in arrest

Two people are in handcuffs after a police plane helped direct officers on foot to the scene of a domestic dispute.

At around 2:45 p.m., police received a call about a domestic dispute taking place on Avenue P near 29th Street. While police were en route to the scene when the Air Support Unit (ASU) spotted a man and a woman fighting outside, alerting the squad cars of the exact location.

A 30-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman are both facing assault charges following the altercation. Both are expected to appear in court at a later date.

Vets teaming up with social workers in Saskatoon

Imagine you're a veterinarian working a late night shift at a clinic, when you're asked to treat an animal that's obviously been abused.

Fringe brings back 'Best of the Fest' for 25th anniversary

Broadway Avenue will be filled with street performers, buskers and craft vendors this week as the Fringe Theatre Festival celebrates 25 years in Saskatoon.

The birthday celebration kicks off Wednesday night with a preview event at the Broadway Theatre. The street festival starts at 6 p.m. Thursday and runs until Aug. 9.
 
This year, all theatrical performances will be held only in the evenings in order to make the shows more accessible, according to organizer Colin Grant. He said it's hard to know which of the 33 plays will garner the most attention.

Province orders SaskPower to remove all smart meters

The Saskatchewan Government is pulling the plug on every smart meter installed by SaskPower due to public safety concerns following a series of fires.

In a news conference on Wednesday the Minister responsible for SaskPower, Bill Boyd announced that all 105,000 smart meters will be removed and replaced with the old meters. At least eight smart meters in the province have caught fire.

Speeding Mustang clocked doing 197km/hr on Valley Road

A 20-year old man was given a ticket and had his vehicle taken away after he was clocked driving almost 200 km/h on Valley Road Tuesday evening.

A Saskatoon Police Service traffic unit spotted the 2012 Ford Mustang around 8:00 p.m. traveling 197 km/h in the 90 km/h zone.

Officers managed to stop the vehicle and the driver was given a $795 ticket.

Under the new traffic safety laws the driver will lose his vehicle for seven days.

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Childhood obesity researcher says surplus safety can do more harm

A story about cutting down trees at Regina Beach after a government risk assessment deemed them to be unsafe sparked a public outcry about what some began to call over-zealous protection measures for kids.

SaskParks now says the risk assessment is a yearly review and there was concern over the trees because they are old. But the question of surplus safety and letting kids be kids goes beyond the specific case of climbing trees.

How to stay sun safe in a prairie heat wave

In a prairie heat wave like this one, it’s the perfect weather to grab a beach blanket and spend some time in the sun, but the Canadian Cancer Society is also reminding people to take care of their skin.

Brett Estey is a Cancer Control Coordinator with the Canadian Cancer Society Regina branch. He says protecting yourself is not about hiding from the sun completely, it’s about being aware of the risks.

West Nile risk remains as mosquito numbers thin out

Overall, mosquito numbers are down in Saskatoon.

City pest control manager Jeff Boone said they've noticed a decline since last week.

"The adults that came out following the spring rains, they're pretty much done. They're dying off," he said.

But, Boone said it is still prime time for culex tarsalis, the species of mosquito that can be a carrier of the West Nile virus.

Repair backlog cancels two bus routes

I lineup of buses needing repairs forced city transit services to cancel two bus routes on Tuesday.

“We do apologize to our customers it’s certainly something we take very seriously and we’re taking steps to eliminate this issue,” transit manager Bob Howe said, adding the extreme hot temperatures caused overheating in some buses.

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