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Saskatoon man says Puerto Vallarta violence 'blown out of proportion'

Despite recent warnings from the Canadian Embassy in Mexico, a Saskatoon man living across the bay from Puerto Vallarta says recent reports of violence in the area are being blown out of proportion.

The warning was issued after a cartel allegedly set fire to banks and gas stations in Puerto Vallarta last Friday, causing the city to briefly declare a “code red” emergency according to several news reports.

UPDATE: 1 woman killed in crash on Highway 39

One woman is dead after a two-vehicle crash on Highway 39 near Milestone on Wednesday.

According to RCMP, a car travelling east collided with a semi heading west. The woman driving the car was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semi was not injured.

The victim's name and age is not being released at this time. RCMP are still working on notifying her family.

Highway 39 was closed but reopened late Wednesday.

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Sask. travellers warned about violence near Puerto Vallarta


A Saskatchewan travel agent says she isn't telling people not to travel to a popular vacation spot after the Canadian Embassy in Mexico issued warnings to tourists about violence near Puerto Vallarta.

Regina spending $21.7 million on roads in 2015

After months of dealing with snow, ice, then potholes, Regina drivers can now get ready for traffic delays with the city officially launching construction season.

Mayor Michael Fougere announced that the city will spend a record $21.7 million on 66 different road renewal projects this season.

Businesses prepare for University Bridge traffic changes

As drivers are mapping out new routes around Saskatoon, the business improvement districts (BID) are waiting to see what it will mean for their areas.

Downtown BID executive director Brent Penner said they are expecting a significant change in traffic trends.

"I think it's one of those necessary evils that needs to be done," Penner said of the repairs.

New food and beverage options coming to Regina airport

If you get hungry waiting for a flight at the Regina airport, there will soon be some more food options.

A new 24/7 Subway is already open in the check-in area on the first floor. Renovations on the second floor start in May for a pre-security, full-service Tim Hortons and a new Skyway Café. That project will be completed by July 30.

Highways 220, 322 to Rowan's Ravine getting repaired

A set of broken highways are getting a bit of a fix after they had to be shut down due to their poor condition.

Highways 220 and 322 to Rowan's Ravine were both closed to all but local traffic at the beginning of the month. The province said "severe surface breaks" made the road unusable.

People like Ashlie Peakman had gone to social media to share pictures of the highways - which showed they looked more like cobblestone paths than a highway.

Residents relieved heavy trucks leaving Regina's Dewdney Avenue

After years of heavy truck traffic driving through the west side of Regina along Dewdney Avenue, those living along the road are happy to learn that's coming to an end.

At its meeting Monday night, city council made changes that bans heavy trucks on Dewdney Avenue from Lewvan Drive to the city's limits.

"It's been ridiculous. It's just been stupid," conceded Terry Griffiths, who's lived at 7328 Dewdney Ave. for 40 years.

"I was happy. Finally we don't have to watch 53 footers and 60 footers."

Construction season begins on Regina's Ring Road

Road construction season is officially underway in Regina with a pair of major roads getting work done beginning Monday.

Those who drive on Ring Road in the north end will be dealing with construction for the next few months as a 12-kilometre stretch of the road between Pasqua Street and Dewdney Avenue is being upgraded.

The first phase will see the eastbound lanes of Ring Road restricted Monday for the next five weeks between Argyle Street and Albert Street North. Entrance and exit ramps are being improved in the area.

Spring snow brings travel headaches around Saskatoon

Roughly a foot of Spring snow brought a slushy mess to roads in and around Saskatoon this weekend.

Saskatoon police said between noon and 6 p.m., 16 crashes were reported in different areas of the city. Almost all of them were said to be minor rear-end collisions with minor injuries.

It was a different story outside city limits.

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