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Eberle and Friends Golf Classic raises $500,000 for Regina hospitals

The third annual Eberle and Friends Golf Classic is giving a big boost to Regina's hospitals.

On Wednesday night, the VIP event of the tournament was held which raised $500,000 for the Hospitals of Regina Foundation.

Edmonton Oiler and Regina-product Jordan Eberle returned to the Queen City for the event, and brought teammates Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

"This is what brings in the people," Eberle told the Green Zone. "They take time out of their busy schedule to come and enjoy raising some money."

Wetland draining contributing to high water flows

Decades of draining prairie wetlands are now contributing to high water flows during major flooding events according to a researcher in Saskatchewan.

John Pomeroy is the Director of the Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan who studies detailed models outlining how water flows across the landscape in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba.

Calgary company fined $14,000 after Sask. worker hurt

A Calgary company has been fined several thousand dollars after a worker fell through the floor at a job site at the Boundary Dam.
It was January 22, 2013 when a worker fell five meters through a hole in the floor at the Boundary Dam's Carbon Capture Project. Sulzer Chemtech Canada Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that any opening or hole was securely covered and/or protected. One other charge against the company was stayed.
The company was fined $10,000 with a $4,000 surcharge.

UPDATE: Operations to resume Friday at Regina's SIAST campus

The SIAST Wascana Campus in Regina will resume normal operations Friday after it closed Thursday for an electrical problem.

In a release issued Thursday morning, the school said normal operations ended while SaskPower and the Ministry of Central Services determined the cause of the problem and fixed it.

By the afternoon, the problem had been repaired. Thursday evening classes remained cancelled but all classes are to resume Friday.

Paleontologist provides glimpse of prehistoric prairie ecosystems

A paleontology presentation about amber at the Saskatchewan Science Centre gave people in Regina the chance to glimpse back 78 million years to when the dinosaurs roamed.

Amber is fossilized tree resin that hardened over time capturing insects, feathers and plants inside.

The 1993 film Jurassic Park showed a unrealistically large, shiny piece of amber with a perfectly preserved mosquito inside carrying the blood of dinosaurs. The amber at the Science Centre was collected across western Canada and is no bigger than a centimetre long.

Saskatoon's naturalized park gets new sign

It's a little bit of nature tucked into the city. One wouldn't expect to find a wetland marsh next to a Shopper's Drug Mart, but that's exactly the case in Saskatoon.
Hyde Park, part of the Rosewood neighbourhood, unveiled the first in a series of signs dictated the land's past and the importance of nature in the city.
"Isn't this great? To have nature right in the city, that we can all enjoy. We can walk it together and see the bird and other natural life out there," Mayor Don Atchison said Wednesday.

Honour Walk for Marlene Bird in Saskatoon

As Marlene Bird continues to recover in an Edmonton hospital dozens of people gathered in Saskatoon to honour her and bring awareness to the violence that indigenous women face everyday.

The Honour Walk for Marlene Bird and Tribute to Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women saw the group of around 60 people walk from the Farmer's Market to the Vimy Memorial bandshell Wednesday morning.

Craven Country Jamboree running smoothly so far

The convoys of trailers and trucks have already started setting up at the Craven Country Jamboree, and festival organizers say they're ready.

Kim Blevins, director of marketing and communications, admits that the site just outside the village of Craven did get quite a bit of rain, like everywhere else in Southeast Saskatchewan, but it's not a big problem.

Campers warned to stay out of the river at Craven this year

It may be tempting under the hot sun but campers at Craven Country Jamboree are being advised not to swim in the Qu'Appelle River.
"Just think about it before you go diving into the (river) because you just don't know what's in there," said Director of Marketing Kim Blevins.

Because of the flooding, over the past two weeks the City of Regina has released partially-treated and some untreated wastewater into Wascana Creek.

Restoration company calls in extra crews from across Canada

Property restoration specialists have arrived from across western Canada as the cleanup from the flood continues.

About 60 workers have come to southeastern Saskatchewan from Vancouver, Calgary and Saskatoon to help the Winmar office in Yorkton keep up with calls to deal with many flooded basements.

Jason Thibodeau is one of the co-owners and said the extra crews have kept them from falling behind but they're still working 12-14 hours, doing four to eight jobs per day.

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