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Yorkton-area traffic bust turns up six pounds of marijuana

A sobriety check in the Yorkton area resulted in a big pot bust for RCMP.

Early Sunday morning an RCMP officer stopped a white SUV for a sobriety check. According to a news release, the officer smelled pot when the driver rolled down the car window.

With the driver in custody the investigator carried out a search of his vehicle. He discovered six pounds of marijuana inside, along with $2,000 the driver was carrying.

Blind Watrous hockey player headed to national tournament

When Curtis Shawn lost his sight to brain cancer he worried he might have to hang up his skates forever.

But the 26-year-old from Watrous wasn’t about to let blindness stop him from playing the sport he loves. Next weekend he will strap on his skates to compete in the 2014 Courage Canada National Blind Hockey Tournament in Toronto, Ont.

To Shawn, hockey is a way of life. He played AAA midget in Moose Jaw and was even drafted to the Kamloops Blazers.

Unconfirmed wolf sighting near Warman

Warman residents are being asked to keep pets indoors and kids in sight after an unconfirmed wolf sighting in the area.

Reports of a wolf sighting just north of the city came in around noon on Friday but bylaw officials have been unable to confirm the sighting.

If residents see the animal they're told not to approach it and call the Bylaw Officer at 306-229-8901

Avalanche in Okanagan kills 36-year-old Lloydminster man

An avalanche that buried two men in B.C. has claimed the life of a 36-year-old man from Lloydminster.

Clearwater RCMP said the men were buried in a slide that occurred in the back of Red Sands Mountain near Blue River, B.C., located about halfway between Kamloops and Jasper, Alta.

Police say a group of snowmobilers were in the area and rushed to dig out the two men.

One man was immediately rescued, but the second died of his injuries.

The BC Coroners is now investigating the death.

Body of missing man discovered near Pelican Narrows

RCMP are investigating a suspicuous death in Pelican Narrows which brough an unfortunate end to a reported missing person.

A 21-year-old man from the area was reported missing late on Thursday, but family hadn't seen him since Tuesday.

Around 5 p.m. Thursday, RCMP received another report of a body found in the bush just outside the community.

Investigators with the office and the RCMP northern Major Crimes Unit identified the body as that of the missing man.

The family was notified by ask the name of the man to not be released.

Meeting of western premiers goes ahead despite absences

Western premiers didn’t get together in-person Thursday as planned, but say they did accomplish some work in their New West Partnership meeting Thursday.

The premiers of B.C., Alberta, and Saskatchewan were supposed to meet in Regina, but B.C's Christy Clark and Alberta's Alison Redford cancelled their travel plans at the last minute. Instead, they held their meeting via conference call.

Transportation issues—especially the severe backlog in grain shipping after last year's record crop—topped the agenda.

Highway One west of Swift Current closed after truck hits overpass

The RCMP was forced to close part of the Trans Canada Highway Thursday afternoon after a truck struck an overpass.

At happened shortly before 3 p.m. at the junction of Highways 1 and 32, just west of Swift Current. According to the Mounties, a truck hauling farm machinery didn't heed the overpass' clearance and struck the bridge.

No damage was done to the overpass, but the machinery got stuck under the bridge and the highway surface was damaged.

Sheets spends off-season swamping for Sask. trucking business

When Kory Sheets signed an NFL contract in February, many people in Saskatchewan thought they were saying goodbye to him forever.

But it seems the simple act of signing a big-time contract with the Oakland Raiders doesn’t automatically make him rich. That means Sheets has remained in the province.

“I need to pay bills,” he said with a laugh. “I didn’t get a signing bonus so I had to come up here and work.”

Fundraiser already started for businesses lost in Moose Jaw fire

After her parents watched the nursing uniform business they had built over the last five years burn down on Wednesday night, all Morgan Gabel wanted to do was help.

“They had to just sit there for four hours and just watch it burn, which was pretty devastating,” she said. “To watch a business that you’ve built for the last five years crumble to the ground is definitely a hard thing.”

Land owner confronts premier, cabinet during SARM conference

A man from Rocanville took advantage of a captive audience Wednesday when he stood up in the middle of the bear pit session at the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) conference.

Every year the premier and his cabinet minister take the stage at the conference, taking questions from the hundreds of representatives from rural governments across Saskatchewan that attend.

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