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1,000 line hits in 2013 for SaskEnergy, SaskPower, SaskTel

All three Crown utility companies are urging people to call before they dig after a high number of buried lines were cut in 2013.

Over 1,000 power, natural gas and telecommunications lines were cut or damaged last year and the Crown utilities want to see than number significantly reduced in 2014. SaskEnergy, SaskPower and SaskTel are expanding their efforts this year to try to stop the rising trend of damage to their infrastructure over the last five years.

Grain backlog on railways adds fodder to political push for pipelines

It seems recent problems in the transportation industry are giving provincial and federal politicians fodder for the oil pipeline debate.

Earlier in the week, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced that the federal government would be chipping in $1.5 million on a five-year study of Canada’s rail transportation industry.

Big win for Rail Safety Working Group

City emergency managers can expect a detailed list from railway companies, listing all material passing through.

“I think our fire chief will be very happy about that, and to know the quantities of what’s coming through it will be very positive,” Mayor Don Atchison said, calling from Ottawa after a full day of meetings between the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Rail Safety Working Group, and Transport Minister Lisa Raitt.

New book to showcase Saskatchewan's indigenous writers

A new book will feature indigenous writers from across Saskatchewan tackling genres like science fiction, poetry, and short stories.

The anthology is called "Cîhcêwêsin: new writing from indigenous Saskatchewan". Cîhcêwêsin is the name of an old Cree man from the James Smith reserve. It means “a twisting echo”: a booming out sound that is powerful like a radio. The book was compiled and edited by Trent University indigenous studies teacher Neal McLeod.

Moose Jaw teacher still proud of students' anti-smoking petition

A health teacher in Moose Jaw is proud of her past students’ impact on today's smoking laws in Saskatchewan.

It has been 10 years since Lucy Dalgarno and her grade 7/8 class started a grassroots movement to ban smoking in public places.

Tourism Saskatoon not fazed by Memorial Cup shortfall

The one million dollar shortfall for last year's Memorial Cup is the first time Tourism Saskatoon hasn't met or exceeded profit guarantees in 17 years.

Todd Brandt, chief executive officer with Tourism Saskatoon said that doesn't mean they won't learn from this experience.

"You have to learn from every experience and we fully intented on doing that. Our tourism economy is based on hosting these events and the ancillary benefits of bringing attention to Saskatoon," Brandt said.

SGI showing extra interest in people driving out of province

When you go to renew your license plate you might notice that SGI suddenly seems to be taking a greater interest in your travel plans, asking more specific questions about how you will use your vehicle outside the province.

Sask. born MLB pitcher kicks off cross-province baseball tour

The first Saskatchewan-born Major League Baseball player in 21 years is back in the province this month, spreading a message of hard work and perseverance to students.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder experts meet in Saskatoon

Experts specializing in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) have gathered in Saskatoon to discuss how to better prevent Canadian women from drinking during pregnancy.

Over two days, they'll determine what's been done in the past 10 years and what should be done over the next 10 years.

"We know that more and more women are still drinking throughout pregnancy," said Jocelynn Cook, executive director of the Canada FASD Research Network.

Update: One person dead in highway collision near Delisle

The driver of a pickup truck was killed in a collision Monday afternoon west of Delisle.

The collision happened one mile west of the community on Highway 7 and resulted in the highway being shut down for several hours.

"A Ford Edge collided head on with a tractor trailer unit. This resulted in an explosion and subsequent fire," said Warman RCMP Sgt. Warren Gherasim.

The Delisle Fire Department responded to extinguish the fire. Inside the truck the remains of an adult male were recovered.

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