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Winter baseball thriving in Saskatoon

A unique indoor training space in Saskatoon is aimed at keeping the skills of young ball players honed in the long, cold, off-season.

The Going Yard training centre officially opened in March. The old brick warehouse is nestled beside the Coca Cola bottling plant where Alberta Ave. is cut off by a rail line.

Its opening coincides with a province-wide baseball resurgence. Saskatchewan's player base grew by 420 in 2014 to nearly 11,000. In Saskatoon, rookie membership, (players aged 8 and under,) grew 73 per cent to 386 this year.

Teen urged driver to blow stop sign before truck killed 2 students

The second person charged in connection to a crash that killed two Saskatoon teens has admitted encouraging the driver of a stolen truck to flee from police before the fatal collision.
 
It was quiet in the courtroom as the 18-year-old girl slowly sat down in the prisoner’s box, looking stunned as she glanced toward her family members.
 

Teenage driver involved in collision charged with failing to yield

A 17-year-old girl has been charged after a two-vehicle collision in Saskatoon sent a woman to hospital Tuesday evening.

The collision occurred around 7 p.m. at Confederation Drive and Laurier Drive. Police said the 17-year-old driver, heading south on Confederation Drive, turned left in front of a vehicle traveling northbound.

The 22-year-old woman in the northbound vehicle was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police have charged the teenage driver with failing to yield the right of way.

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Saskatoon city council approves 5.34 per cent tax bump

After 14 hours of budget deliberations spanning three days, Saskatoon city council whittled the property tax increase from 7.3 down to 5.34 per cent.
The increase means the city is asking for an extra $83 base on an average-home assessed at $325,000.

Saskatoon sees increase in garage fires

Everything from welding to careless smoking has caused what the Saskatoon Fire Department is calling a "significant increase" in garage fires over the last two months.

The department has responded to seven blazes since October, according to Assistant Fire Chief Morgan Hackl. Last year, there were four garage fires between October and the end of December.

Saskatoon council takes another look at police budget

Expect a heated debate when Saskatoon city council looks at the police budget for the second time.

Last week city council rejected the police service's 2015 budget proposal which called for a $4.5 million increase from the previous year.

Saskatoon Police Chief Clive Weighill presented two options to the board of police commissioners Tuesday morning. The first option was to hire six officers instead of eight, which saves $150,000. The second option was to hire four new officers, which saves the city $300,000.

Weighill also found $178,000 in cost savings.

Hundreds mourn loss of former Saskatoon mayor Cliff Wright

There's wasn't a single empty seat as friends and family celebrated the life of former mayor Cliff Wright on Wednesday.

In the warm yellow glow of St. John's Anglican Cathedral, hundreds packed the pews to remember and celebrate Wright's legacy.

Festive Christmas trees, holly and wreaths surrounded the crowd while boquets of flowers adorned photos of Wright at the head of the congregation.

Several songs commemorated Saskatoon's long-serving mayor.

Saskatoon homeowners pushing city to fix Nutana slope

Saskatoon homeowners urge the City of Saskatoon to take a leadership role in fixing the Nutana slope failure which has caused significant damage to private property on 11th Street East.

Even Nutana’s ward councillor Charlie Clark said it goes against how the city does business.

“When it comes to repairs on private property the city has historically not intervened and does not intervene,” Clark said, adding this case is quite complicated because it involves a public lane, Cherry Lane, the city is responsible for.

Saskatoon council will look at moving on key intersection

A nightmare intersection for many north end workers could be getting fixed up sooner than expected.

At a meeting of the City of Saskatoon's standing committee on transportation, administration recommended delaying design work on upgrades to the intersection of Idylwyld Drive and Circle Drive until after the new North Commuter Parkway Bridge is finished.

Saskatoon skiers want more amenities

Skiers in Saskatoon have a Christmas wishlist, but the city doesn't plan to fill it for years.

Jan Sedgewick with the Saskatoon Nordic Ski Club said there is a lack of facilities for skiers to host programs out of and not enough washrooms on trails.

The ski club has 160 children registered in lessons run out of Kinsmen Park, but the only facility available for them there is a picnic shelter.

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