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UPDATE: Semi in ditch forces detour near Balgonie

A section of Highway 10 is back open near Balgonie after having been blockedby a semi that lost control while turning onto the road.

The semi was hauling gravel crushing equipment when it ended up in the ditch some time Tuesday morning. A tow truck was on the scene by early afternoon. RCMP tweeted that the road was back open shortly before 3 p.m.

The truck blocked all three lanes of traffic. A 6.4 kilometre detour had to be set up for traffic heading to Regina.

Regina airport: pointing lasers at planes is no joke

After two separate incidents on Sunday, the Regina Police Service and the Regina Airport Authority are reminding the public that it is illegal to point lasers at airplanes.

Airport authority CEO Jim Hunter says pilots for a United Airlines flight landing around 11:25 p.m. first reported laser beams shining into the cockpit.

“The pilots were uninjured and there were no consequences, but these are potentially catastrophic actions on the part of these folks,” Hunter said. 

Improvements underway for roads by Saskatoon's airport

An expanding airport means expanding roadways nearby.
The Saskatoon Airport Authority along with the City of Saskatoon have dedicated $2.25 million to improve intersections and widen Airport Drive and 45th Street West.
"This intersection was getting congested. It's been long overdue in my opinion," board chair of Saskatoon Airport Authority Ben Robb said.

Saskatoon's airport continues to break records

It seems the Saskatoon International Airport is expanding in more ways than one.
Maxine Montgomery with the Saskatoon Airport Authority said it's the third fastest growing airport in the country.
"In the last decade our traffic has increased over 82 per cent," she said. "The last time we saw something that wasn't ahead of the last year was in 2011 and that was one month where we dipped below."
She said it's a combination of a strong economy in the province and adventurous young adults.

Tourism Moose Jaw pleased over visitor numbers for July

They're coming from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, China and the U.K. to check out Saskatchewan's "Friendly City".
Tourism Moose Jaw says it's pleased with last month's numbers; seeing 1000 more people on the books than last year.
"The numbers are awesome," said Candis Kirkpatrick, Tourism Moose Jaw Executive Director.
"We're almost at 15,000 people from the beginning of January to the end of July."

Photo radar expansion in Saskatchewan delayed till fall

Saskatchewan drivers won’t have to worry about expanded photo radar for another couple of months.

New traffic laws first came into effect in late June. As part of that the radar was allowed to expand from just construction zones to three high-risk locations: Ring Road in Regina, Circle Drive in Saskatoon and Highway 1 and 9th Avenue in Moose Jaw.

Busy long weekend at Saskatchewan provincial parks

It's shaping up to be a busy long weekend in Saskatchewan provincial parks.

Mary-Anne Wihak, director of visitor experiences with Sask Parks said reservations have been steady. With all the warm weather this week people seem to be eager to plan camping trips and most of the fully-serviced campsites have been booked.

For those looking for last minute plans to get out and enjoy the sun, there are other options, as the majority of the parks have over flow camping available.

Saskatchewan teen dies in Arizona plane crash

A Saskatchewan teenager is one of four people who died in a plane crash in northern Arizona on Sunday.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office identified the victims Thursday as 18-year-old Johanna Naber of Shellbrook, west of Prince Albert and 19-year-old Sabrina Giebelen of Germany. Two Americans were also killed in the crash; Jonathan McGeary, 22, and Levi Wallace, 23.

STC increases bus fares

As of August 1st it's going to cost more to travel around the province with on Saskatchewan Transportation Company buses.
STC fares are increasing 5.5 per cent on average. For a fare like Regina to Saskatoon that increase will mean a ticket goes from $46.35 to $49.00.
Candace Phelps, executive director of strategic planning and communications for STC, said the increase is, in part, due to higher costs.

Assault rifle, pistols seized at North Portal border crossing

Border officers at the North Portal crossing caught two different men trying to bring multiple weapons into Canada this week.

On Saturday officers stopped a 50-year-old man from Michigan trying to come into Canada. They searched his vehicle and found a loaded .40 calibre semi-automatic pistol, a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, 11 overcapacity magazine clips, one shotgun, parts for an M-16 assault rifle, two butterfly knives, and two switchblades.

James Lewis Harper, 50, was arrested and is facing three charges.

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