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Pulp mill shutting down all production

Prince Albert Pulp Incorporated (PAPI) will be temporarily shutting down its Green Energy Project until a startup date for the main part of the pulp mill is decided.

This would only come with the availability of an on-site fuel source, according to a release from Paper Excellence Canada Inc., owner of PAPI.
The project has run since 2012.

Mayor Greg Dionne said he understands why they made the call they did.

Mother remembers son killed on Muskoday First Nation

A family’s loss has shaken the community of Muskoday First Nation.

Jared Bear, 11, died July 26 after being struck by a car while biking with two friends that evening.

His mother Raelene Adam described her son as an extremely loving boy.

“Every morning I would get a kiss and a hug and an, ‘I love you’ from him. Even if his friends were around he didn’t care he would still hug me and kiss me and tell me that he loved me,” Adam said.

11-year-old Jared Bear killed by alleged drunk driver

A family’s loss has shaken the community of Muskoday First Nation.

Jared Bear, 11, died July 26 after being struck by a car while biking with two friends that evening. paNOW spoke to his mother, Raelene Adam, who described her son as an extremely loving boy.

“Every morning I would get a kiss and a hug and an, ‘I love you’ from him. Even if his friends were around he didn’t care he would still hug me and kiss me and tell me that he loved me,” said Adam.

Adam said her entire family treasured him, and he used to look after his younger cousin.

Two teenagers involved in crash north of Nipawin

A flat deck truck transporting honey bees was one of two vehicles involved in a north of Nipawin Thursday that left one teenager seriously injured.

A car, travelling westbound, crossed the old Highway 35. The driver failed to notice the oncoming truck, travelling southbound. The car was struck on the passenger side causing the flat deck truck to roll once and the car to spin around on the highway and into the ditch.

A 17-year-old boy driving the car was sent to a Saskatoon hospital, and is being treated for serious head injuries.

New cameras detecting wildfires in northern SK

New technology at the Provincial Wildfire Centre may mean faster identification of wildfires, and even enhanced fire prediction based on weather.

This comes after the introduction of cameras on wildfire detection towers. The 42 towers, located in the forests of northern Saskatchewan, used to be manned by actual people.

These 28 workers were laid off in favour of the new technology in order to save resources. Although the new cameras came at a cost of $1.54 million dollars, yearly operational cost cuts are expected to be in the $200,000 range.

Five arrested in PA house party stabbing

The Prince Albert Police Service arrested five people following a house party which escalated into an altercation Friday morning.

The incident happened in the 900-block of Seventh Street East around 4:19 a.m.

When police arrived they found several people with injuries including stab wounds. All the injured people were taken to hospital and are in stable condition.

Three people suffered non-life threatening stab wounds.

The Criminal Investigation and Forensic Identification were called in and are assisting police with the investigation.

Accused in Marlene Bird assault remains in custody

Appearing calm, the man accused of sexually assaulting and trying to kill Marlene Bird will remain in custody after making a court appearance on Wednesday for what was supposed to be a bail hearing.

The representation for Leslie Black, 29, did not request bail during the hearing at the Prince Albert Provincial Court.

Black glanced around the courtroom but was otherwise still. His representation with legal aid asked to waive Black’s attendance for a July 29 court date.

Prince Albert hotel owner appealing taxicab lawsuit dismissal

The owner of Prince Albert's National Hotel is appealing a Court of Queen’s Bench judge’s decision to dismiss his lawsuit seeking to overturn a city bylaw barring taxicabs from using off-sale liquor store drive thrus.

On Monday, Rahim Basaria said his lawyer would be filing an appeal with the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal that day. Last Tuesday, Justice R.S. Smith dismissed his filing.

Bittersweet first birthday for Prince Albert baby

One Prince Albert family has to bear a celebration in the midst of a very somber memory.

Exactly one year ago, Brandi Lepine and Taylor Litwin were killed in a crash. The driver who hit them is currently facing charges of impaired driving causing death.  Lepine was pregnant at the time, but her baby, later named Aurora, was saved.

RCMP investigate Lac La Ronge death as homicide

La Ronge RCMP are now investigating a Lac La Ronge man’s death on Monday as a homicide.

RCMP officers were called to a home at Morin’s Hill, a community within the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. A man was then taken to the La Ronge Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy was conducted on Wednesday on 53-year-old McIvor McKenzie. As a result of the autopsy, La Ronge RCMP along with the Saskatoon Major Crimes unit, are treating the death as a homicide.

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