Saskatchewan

NAIG 2014 draws to a close
By Brady Knight paNOW Staff

A week of sport and culture came to a close on Saturday, as the 2014 North American Indigenous games wrapped up in Regina.

Ron Crowe, CEO of the NAIG 2014 Host Society, said it was an exciting week. While there were many great moments over the seven days of competition, Crowe said one of the best was during the opening ceremonies when the 3,600 athletes marched into Mosaic Stadium.

EXCLUSIVE: Cold Case, the search for Courtney Struble
By Kevin Martel paNOW Staff

More than a decade has gone by since Courtney Struble was last seen in Estevan, but to this day, RCMP continue to actively search for any trace of her.

Struble vanished in 2004 after leaving a friend’s place. She was just 13 at the time. Mounties believe she was murdered.

On Friday, a special RCMP search team of four officers scoured the Souris River southeast of Estevan in two canoes to look for any clues to her whereabouts. News Talk was invited to ride along as part of that search.

Son’s love remembered in time of tragedy
By Alex Soloducha paNOW staff

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.

Christopher and Emma lake boaters encouraged to slow down
By Bryn Hadubiak paNOW Staff

Fast moving boats and high lake levels at Christopher and Emma Lakes are damaging the shorelines, according to the reeve of the Rural Municipality of Lakeland. Reeve Al Christensen is asking visitors to the lakes to slow down while boating over the weekend, because the wakes are damaging people’s property.

Outbreak at Kinistino lodge ends

paNOW Staff

A week and a half after an outbreak of respiratory illness was reported at Kinistino’s Jubilee Lodge, visitors are now welcome back.

Most of the 12 residents in the 30-bed facility and eight staff members who were ill are in different stages of recovery, according to the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region’s communications officer Doug Dahl.

One plane crashes, another lands in northern Sask emergencies
paNOW Staff

Late Friday morning a distress call from a private plane travelling near Wollaston Lake ended in a crash.

Two men, a 53-year old pilot and co-pilot, 29, from Thorndale Ontario were traveling to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Their seaplane crashed southwest of Point North Landing, a permanent camp near Wollaston Lake. The camp has an airport, gas station and accommodations.

Memory of Shellbrook teen cherished by family
By Alex Soloducha paNOW staff

One family is treasuring their memories of a young woman from Shellbrook it believes was taken too soon.

Ted Naber said he'll always remember his niece Johanna Naber as a very positive person.

“Johanna was probably one of the bubbliest, happiest people I know. I know we all have people like that in our life but that was Johanna to our family and to everybody that knew her,” he said.

SaskPower deals with a number of outages
paNOW Staff

Thanks to Thursday night’s storm in Prince Albert and area, SaskPower is dealing with a number of power outages.

International AIDS Conference comes to an end
By Angela Hill paNOW Staff

The Melbourne mayor was wearing red socks throughout the International AIDS conference, and at the closing session he explained why.

“People do say to you, ‘Why the red socks?’ It gives me a much wider audience to talk about AIDS 2014,” Robert Doyle said.

He said he was so pleased that his city embraced the conference and delegates, 50 historic buildings were bathed in red lights, and more than 150 cultural events accompanied the schedule of conference sessions.

UPDATE: 2 teens involved in crash
paNOW Staff

A flat deck truck transporting honey bees was one of two vehicles involved in a nasty looking crash north of Nipawin Thursday just before 4:30 p.m.

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.

"All of the beehives and honey were on the highway," said Corporal Wanita Minty with Nipawin RCMP.

Karin Yeske paNOW Staff

A long road to reunite a Pakistani boy with his adoptive parents in Saskatoon is hitting yet another road block.

The Afridi family has been trying to get their son Ajjab permanent residency since 2010. Ajjab was born in Pakistan and adopted by Waheeda and Ashfaq after Waheeda’s sister could not care for him.

Provincial Wildfire Centre tech brings better detection
By Alex Soloducha paNOW staff

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. 

Shellbrook teen dies in Arizona plane crash

paNOW Staff

A Shellbrook 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 Johanna Naber, 18, of Shellbrook, Sabrina Giebelen, 19, of Krefeld, Germany, as well as Jonathan McGeary, 22, and Levi Wallace, 23, both from the United States.

Kinistino resident gets up close and personal with SK storm

By Sarah Stone paNOW Staff

It was too close for comfort for one Kinistino resident.

By Chris Carr paNOW Staff

Fire investigators are trying to identify a man who was found dead in a house that burned down in Hanley.

The local fire department said the call came in at around 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

It only took crews about 10 minutes for crews to arrive, but the house was fully involved by the time they got there.

"It was an older house. It had a couple of additions on it, and now basically, it's a total loss," Hanley Fire Chief Darren Grindheim said.

Saskatoon house fire caused by lightning, homeowner says
By Bre McAdam paNOW Staff

The man who owns a million-dollar home that went up in flames in the Cathedral Bluffs development north of Saskatoon believes the house was struck by lightning in the middle of the night, according to the Saskatoon Fire Department.

Battalion Chief David Nahachewsky said the homeowner actually lives across the street from the empty home in Corman Park, which he had been trying to sell.

Saskatoon councillor eyes seat in federal politics
By François Biber paNOW Staff

Saskatoon city councillor Randy Donauer hopes to make the jump from city hall to parliament hill next year.

The Ward 5 councillor was officially named the Conservative candidate for Saskatoon-West riding for next year’s federal election. Next year's election will be the first federal election with the new boundary lines drawn.

Rain forecast spurs Lakeland water level warning
By Chelsea Laskowski paNOW Staff

Residents around Emma and Christopher Lakes are no strangers to high water levels this year, but they’re now record-breaking.

Emma Lake is currently half a metre above its normal summer operating range and Christopher Lake is a third of a metre higher. These are both record high water levels.

Emma Lake drains into Christopher, and the Water Security Agency (WSA) has been releasing water into Spruce River at full capacity for the past few weeks.

Saskatoon ranks second in Canada for severe crimes
By Francois Biber paNOW Staff

Saskatoon ranked second when it comes to having the most severe crimes last year.

“We don’t want to be number two, we don’t want to be number 10, we’re trying to bring crime down as much as we can and it’s on our shoulders naturally to work on these issues,” Saskatoon Police Chief Clive Weighill said. “We’re down about 47 per cent in the last decade so we’re making real progress, there’s a lot more work to do yet but we’re on the right track.”

Sask. athletes compete at Commonwealth Games
By Megan Lacelle paNOW Staff

The 20th edition of the Commonwealth Games kicked off Wednesday in Scotland, with more than 6,000 athletes representing 71 different areas.

Saskatoon's Anderson Loran is part of the 250-person Canadian team. This is the 23-year-old gymnast's second appearance at the Games. His mom April said a good performance here could help qualify him for the upcoming summer Olympics.

"The Olympics are coming up, 2016, he'd probably be in line if he sticks with it."

By James Bowler paNOW Staff

Are you a millionaire?

Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC) is saying that someone in Saskatchewan potentially could be, that is if they turn in their winning ticket on time.

The WCLC announced today that a Lotto Max ticket that was purchased somewhere in Saskatchewan on Dec 20, 2013 is a $1 million winner.

Although officials have ruled out Saskatoon and Regina as the cities that it could have possibly been sold in.

Saskatoon clown to train with Patch Adams in Peru
By Kelly Malone paNOW Staff

The clowning calling is more than red noses, baggy pants, and being under the big top for Alyssa Billingsley.

After clowning around Canada for two years, the Saskatoon-born clown has joined forces with Canadian chapter of Clowns without Borders called Clowns Sans Frontières.

"This will be my first humanitarian clown trip," Billingley explained.

Regina has highest crime severity index ranking in Canada
paNOW Staff

Once again, Saskatchewan has the dubious distinction of having the highest Crime Severity Index (CSI) ranking, according to Statistics Canada’s most recent report.

The CSI measures the volume and severity of crime based on average prison sentences handed down for convictions.

Regina tops the CSI list ranking Canadian cities and Saskatoon is at a close second, for the most reported crime.

The silver lining could be that Regina’s CSI dropped seven per cent.

Worker in hospital after electrical shock at Cory mine
By Kelly Malone paNOW Staff

A man was sent to hospital after suffering an electrical shock while working at the PotashCorp Cory mine.

The 35-year-old man was working underground at the mine, located southwest of Saskatoon, Tuesday morning when he was electrocuted at around 9:30 a.m.

The man was transported to hospital and PotashCorp public relations director Bill Johnson said indications show that the injuries are not life threatening.

Culture and sport celebrated at NAIG
By Brady Knight paNOW Staff

It's a unique combination of culture and sport.

The North American Indigenous Games are in full swing, including the cultural village at First Nations University. More than a dozen teepees dot the lawn, with hundreds of people milling about, taking in all there is to offer.