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Smell of smoke sends Vanscoy potash mine into lockdown

It was a false alarm, but work at the Vanscoy potash mine came to a halt Wednesday afternoon after an employee reportedly smelled smoke.
 
Agrium said 150 miners retreated to underground emergency shelters after someone smelled smoke around 12:30 p.m. After inspecting the mine, the mine rescue crew found no smoke or fire and gave the all clear around 3:45 p.m. No one was hurt and all the miners were allowed to return to work or head to the surface.

Human resources manager Gavin Rans said everything the workers did was to protocol.
 

Saskatoon's Jordan Cook of Reignwolf opens for Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath could choose any opening band in the world but the iconic rock group has hand-picked Reignwolf, with Saskatoon frontman Jordan Cook.

“We asked no questions and thankfully took the gig,” Cook said, laughing. “Let’s be honest, this is a dream gig. The fact that they chose Reignwolf is just, to me, the very best thing.”

Acclaimed for his guitar playing at a very young age in Saskatoon, Cook is now getting the attention of the highest of critics. Just this year, Rolling Stone magazine named Cook one of the top 10 artists to watch for.

Recycling fund confirmed for Saskatchewan

The city’s multi-unit-dwelling (MUD) recycling program needs to collect over 16,000 tons of recycling if they expect $1.5 million each year from the multi-material recycling program (MMRP).

On Tuesday the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA) presented its plans to deliver the Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW) program, known in Saskatoon as MMRP. Acting managing director for MMSW Karen Melynchuk explained the two sides of the MMRP program, the stewards and the municipalities.

UPDATE: Girlfriend says O'Hagan threatened into killing former gang member

The girlfriend of a Lloydminster man charged with the first-degree murder of Lorry Santos says he told her she would be killed if he didn't “deal with” a former gang member in Saskatoon.

However, Randy O'Hagan is accused of mistakenly killing Santos, the 34-year-old mother of four who was shot in her Westview neighbourhood home on the early morning of Sept. 12, 2012.

Procrastinators expected to delay after tax deadline extended

The scramble is on for last minute tax filers in Regina as the deadline for filing approaches.

For many of the businesses who file those tax returns this is their busiest time of the year.

“Right now will be our heaviest rush, from the 15th down to the 30th with most people actually showing up in this time frame to get their taxes done,” explained Marla Vervalcke with Meyers Norris Penny, a national chartered accounting and business advisory firm.

City of Moose Jaw reaches tentative deal with Humane Society

Before Christmas the question of who would take care of stray dogs and cats in Moose Jaw was in doubt, but now the city has reached a tentative deal with the Humane Society just in time for spring.

The new deal is worth $194,500 a year and includes pound keeping services and bylaw enforcement.

Prince Albert man looks back on Boston bombing a year later

Exactly a year ago, Wayne Stewart was heading to the finish line at the Boston Marathon, ready to take a picture of his stepdaughter finishing the run when the explosion hit.

The Prince Albert man was one of a few dozen people from Saskatchewan who were in Boston for the marathon on the day the bombs went off, killing three people and hurting 264.

Escaped mental hospital patient may be in Saskatoon, PA

He's described as having an unstable mental state, and a history of violence.

Sunday night, Joseph Simon Peter Yaremko, 32, escaped from Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford.

RCMP say Yaremko was in secure custody at the mental health facility when he escaped from the forensic unit. Police were called about his escape at 8:43 p.m.

It's thought that Yaremko may have been picked up by an accomplice waiting in a vehicle outside the facility before making his way towards Prince Albert or Saskatoon.

Wildlife boundaries changing in Saskatchewan

The Ministry of Environment has decided to make things easier on hunters by changing wildlife boundaries to be more easily found.

According to the ministry, numerous concerns that the boundaries on 33 of the 78 zones were too difficult to find. They've now been changed to follow numbered highways, municipal roads, and bodies of water. The other 45 zones already had easily identified boundaries so they weren't changed.

“Improved boundary definition will mean a more positive hunting experience in Saskatchewan," said Environment minister Ken Cheveldayoff in a news release.

Saskatoon ink addicts flock to tattoo expo

Just as tattoos continue to grow in popularity, so too does the Saskatoon Tattoo Expo, with a record number of artists coming out over the weekend.

More than 160 artists from across the country brought their talent and equipment to the decade-old bridge city expo and filled the Prairieland Park hall.

“I think that’s just because it’s getting so popular. People want to showcase their work here,” expo organizer Jody Spychaj said.

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