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Longtime resident speaks up for Saskatoon's Pleasant Hill neighbourhood

A longtime resident of Pleasant Hill worries reports of violence are giving people the wrong idea about the community.

Cecile Smith is president of the Pleasant Hill Community Association. Having lived in the area for 30 years, she said she thinks it's a shame the media only seems to show up in the wake of violence. She said the one-sided coverage ignores any number of positive events in the neighbourhood.

More arrests, organized crime charges coming in Project Foresti

Twelve additional arrests will be coming in connection to a massive drug investigation, dubbed Project Forseti, that took place across Saskatchewan in January according to the Saskatoon Police Service.

CN track upgrades means more trains through Saskatoon

It's already painful navigating all the road construction in Saskatoon, but adding to the misery of drivers will be increased train traffic.

CN Rail has begun maintenance work on its main line between Edmonton and Melville. While work is being done on the track the rail company says "some" trains will have to re-routed on to its secondary main line that runs from Lloydminster through North Battleford, Saskatoon and Humboldt.

The extra train traffic will impact crossings at 11th, 33rd, 51st and 71st Streets until mid-July.

No jazzy lemonade at Sask. Jazz Fest

The Saskatchewan Jazz Fest is a little less jazzy this year after the Delta Bessborough decided not to sell its signature cocktail.

Jazzy lemonades, which are made of pink lemonade and alcohol, are not on the drink menu this year. Delta Bessborough general manager Martin Gilbert said substituting jazzy lemonades with Palm Bay vodka coolers helps them meet demand.

“They need to be pre-made right? So what happened was it created a lot of waste,” Gilbert said. “It’s a bit harder to control exactly how much is in one of those big bowls versus a unit.”

Fewer mosquitoes in Saskatoon because of dry weather

With days of sunshine and warm temperatures ahead, spending time outside may be on many people's to-do lists and Jeff Boone, entomologist with the City of Saskatoon, said while you're outside you will likely notice fewer mosquitoes.

"One silver lining in drought, is nuisance mosquitoes certainly aren't as common in really dry years," Boone said.

But Boone said don't start celebrating just yet.
 

Thieves target Saskatoon Roller Derby league

They're used to dealing with bone-crushing shots on the track, but this week, the ladies of the Saskatoon Roller Derby League are reeling from a different kind of hit.

League equipment with an estimated value of $5,000 was stolen from their practice facility.

The equipment was donated by previous league members. It's meant to be loaned to new skaters, so they can get a feel for the game without having to shell out for their own gear right away.

Attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait leave dozens dead

LYON, FRANCE
A decapitated head was found posted on the gate at the entry to the gas factory that came under attack Friday in southeastern France.

SOUSSE, TUNISIA
At least 28 people died and six were wounded after gunmen attacked the resort town Friday. The dead include Tunisians, Brits, Germans and Belgians.

Film series to highlight Sask. business people

A Saskatoon business group is putting the focus on Saskatchewan entrepreneurs with a new film series.
 
The North Saskatoon Business Association is producing the short documentaries, dubbed The Popcorn and Entrepreneurship Series.
 
Each short film will feature a different business in the province.
 
The first one, set to premiere in September, will take a look at the Semple family, who are behind the Brandt group of companies.
 

Saskatoon construction crews ahead of schedule

Construction crews in Saskatoon are a bit ahead of schedule because of Mother Nature's cooperation.

"The sun's been out and the weather's been great, so we've been able to get a lot of work done so far. The crews have completed about 58 lane kilometres of the 196 lane kilometres that were due to be completed this year," Celene Anger, director of construction and design with the City of Saskatoon, said.

To help them meet their goal, construction crews will be hard at work on three major projects while most of the people in the city are sleeping.

UPDATE: Woman shows up for takeout, gives birth in Saskatoon Montana's

Staff members at Montana’s were delivering more than just food Wednesday night after a woman who didn’t know she was pregnant went into labour.

The couple came into Montana’s on 8th Street in Saskatoon around 10:30 p.m. to pick up their takeout. The woman snuck into the bathroom because she wasn’t feeling well.

Chelsey Friske was serving at the time and was asked by the woman’s boyfriend to check on the woman.

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