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Campers flock to provincial parks for Canada Day weekend

Saskatchewan's provincial parks are full as campers celebrate the first weekend of summer over the Canada Day weekend.

"We expect it to be fairly full this weekend," said Cindy MacDonald, executive director of Sask Parks. "It's finally nice summer weather and people are ready to go out and use the camping unit."

However, MacDonald says there are a few camp sites available in some parks. 

Cam Hamilton is one camper spending the weekend at the Echo Valley Provincial Park who made the reservation months ago online.

Estevan sending 200 donated grad dresses to High River

After floods in High River, Alberta caused school officials to postpone the town’s high school graduation, a teacher in Estevan has collected nearly 200 grad dresses to send to the devastated town.

It all started with a Facebook message from her cousin who lives near High River. Less than two days later Tanis Savill and other teachers at Estevan Comprehensive School have nearly collected enough dresses to clothe the female half of High River’s 2013 graduating class.

Over 3,000 people wait more than 6 months for surgery in SK

There are over 3,000 in Saskatchewan waiting longer than six months to have surgery. Of those, 80 per cent come from within the Regina-Qu’Appelle Health Region.

Barb Eugelmi was on that list a short time ago. She had to wait 17 months to have surgery on her shoulder.

“I’m not angry, but I’m frustrated,” she said.

MAP: Outlining the river system from Alberta to Saskatchewan

With all of the attention on flooding rivers in Alberta, some people might be wondering where it all goes when it gets to Saskatchewan.

 To answer that question Patrick Boyle with the Water Security Agency offered up a quick geography lesson on how the rivers flow through the province from the west. He says it all starts in the southwest by the border with the Saskatchewan River.

“The Red Deer River, the Bow River and the Oldman River in Alberta feed into that,” Boyle explained.

Dead fish in Buffalo Pound Lake caused by bacteria

For the third year in a row dead perch have been washing up on the shores of Buffalo Pound Lake.

The problem has been identified as naturally occurring bacteria called culinaris.

“It’s a bacterial agent that causes skin lesions and damage to the gills and eventually kills the fish,” explained Trent Bollinger, the regional director with the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre.

He says warm weather helps spread the disease.

Women outpacing men for higher education, but wage gap still exists

The latest release from Statistics Canada offers an interesting new picture of women and men in higher education.

For the first time in history women are outpacing men when it comes to education. Almost 65 per cent of working-age women have post-secondary degrees compared with just over 63 per cent of men.

Patricia Miller-Schroeder is a professor of women’s and gender studies at the University of Regina and she says these numbers just show part of the picture.

Chili for Children in Regina gets financial boost

Regina’s Chili for Children has received some much-needed financial support from Sherwood Co-Op.

Over $20,000 was donated to the non-profit organization after Sherwood Co-Op took ten cents from every litre sold at every location in Regina Tuesday and put it towards a donation.

“How can we ever repay people like this?” said Chili for Children program manager Greg Stevenson. “We’re very grateful”

Regina pest control crews battling mosquito population

Standing water left from heavy rainfall has sent Regina’s mosquito population into over-drive.

Ray Morgan with the City of Regina says they have increased staffing on the mosquito control crew but they’re fighting an uphill battle. They are spraying known mosquito breeding-grounds with something called Vectobac.

Morgan says they have to hit those grounds every time it rains.

“We could be on site number 545 and then a rain comes and we come back to our square one, our core areas,” he said.

Regina tattoo artist talks 'ink' trends

From poems on 16-year-old girls to skulls on “bad-ass bikers,” Tanielle Young sees a lot of variety in her tattoo parlour.

The Regina tattoo artist has been apprenticing at Planet Caravan Tattoos & Piercing for three years, and says there's not just one type of person who gets inked.

"Most of my repeat clients are guys, and most of the girls I tattoo just want to get something tiny," Young said.

SK rodeo competitor believes Calgary Stampede will be normal

The president of the Calgary Stampede said the 2013 edition of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth will go on ‘come hell or high water’ despite the grounds where the event is held being damaged by flood waters.

The 10-day event draws over a million guests each year, with a number coming from Saskatchewan.

Prince Albert’s Brennin Jack has gone to the event the last number of years and is going again this year to compete in the international auctioneering championship—an event he won in 2012.

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