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City confirms one bidder pulled out of stadium project

There have been rumblings over the last few months that one of the three bidders to design and build Regina’s new stadium had pulled out and now the city is confirming that is true.

Deputy City Manager and COO Brent Sjoberg explained that the Clark-Turner team had dropped out earlier in the bidding process, leaving just Bouygues Construction Graham Community Partners and the company that eventually won the bid, PCL Construction.

Photos: New Saskatoon police station strives to be open, secure

Light spills into the front entrance of Saskatoon's new police headquarters through long, tall windows while hallways the length of a football field line the three floors above.
 
Media toured the building on 25th Street on Thursday before police start moving in on June 17. Construction workers were still putting the finishing touches on the 390,000 sq. ft. building, which is more than four times the size of the current station. Instead of being spread out in nine different buildings, all divisions will now be under one roof.
 

55-year-old woman the victim of Saskatoon's latest murder

A 55-year-old woman is the victim of Saskatoon's third murder of 2014.

Police said that they know the victim's identity but her family has requested that the name not be released.

SaskTel turning down data service to older style cell phones

SaskTel customers still using older cell phone models will notice slower service using data on their phone this fall.

SaskTel is turning down its EV-DO system on its CDMA network on September 30.

"We're repurposing the spectrum that powers this data service and dedicating that spectrum to adding new capacity and extra capacity to our 4G LTE network," explained Michelle Englot, director of external communications with SaskTel.

Skin cancer survivor spreads awareness about melanoma

It wasn’t something he knew much about.

“I just said, ‘What the hell is malignant melanoma?’”

Oscar Johnson says he figured out the impact of skin cancer pretty quick, after enduring two surgeries and a year taking a drug he describes as, “brutal.”

“When I asked the nurses about it they said it was the worst one on the shelf,” said Johnson.  “It’s like having a very bad flu every day for a year.”

Johnson saw a lot of sun in his 58 years. He has been outside farming for decades.

Hundreds flock to U of S graduation powwow

Drums, dancing and smiling faces were all to be seen at the University of Saskatchewan on Wednesday as students and their families gathered to celebrate the 2014 Graduation Powwow for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students graduating high school or university in the province.
 
President of the University of Saskatchewan, Gordon Barnhart, says more than 2,000 First Nations and Métis students attend the University, with 350 ready for convocation next week.
 

E-cigarette device mistaken for cellphone, Saskatoon man says

A Saskatoon man has learned you have to be careful what you hold behind the wheel.
 
According to Shaun Fiolleau an unfortunate series of events led to an undeserved ticket for using an electronic communication device while driving. 

Hearing wraps up on Hales' police confession

Justice Gerald Albright will rule Thursday on whether a videotaped confession by Dougas Hales to the murder of Daleen Bosse will be allowed into evidence.

Court spent Wednesday on a voir dire (a trial within a trial) on the admissibility of the statement Hales made to police after his arrest on Aug. 10, 2008.

Homeowners heard as repairs begin on Borden Crescent

After months of playing phone tag with the builder, homeowners on Borden Crescent have been heard.

After a special meeting between the Borden Crescent Condo board and Buffalo Ridge Developments, the builder has taken action to set up an online forum where residents can file warranty claims for their homes.

SWF wants even tougher penalties

The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) says harsher penalties for illegal hunting and fishing don't go far enough.

While they're pleased to see progress, Executive Director Darrell Crabbe argues the new fines announced Monday still fall short.

Crabbe said Saskatchewan has been one of the worst provinces in the country for punishing those who are taking advantage of fish and other game animals.

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