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Saskatoon-bound WestJet flight turns around amid cabin pressure issues

WestJet is apologizing for an incident that dropped oxygen masks and forced a Saskatoon-bound flight to turn around Friday.

Shortly after take off, flight 323 from Toronto turned back after the pilots noticed a warning light that suggested there might be a problem with the cabin pressurization system.

"So they followed the check-list that they have for all problems and they were unable to solve it themselves," WestJet Spokesman Robert Palmer said.

Millions of acres damaged by flooding

Saskatchewan farmers are now getting a better grasp of how much damage was caused by this year's flooding.

"It's not only crops that are affected. We have yards, as well as some of the oils fields down in the southeast," Shannon Friesen with Saskatchewan Agriculture said.

But she said it will likely take some time to get a good firm grasp on the actual numbers.

So far, the early estimates place the washout at anywhere between two and three million acres.

Free fishing across Sask. this weekend

Get out the tackle and grab your fishing rod for a weekend of free fishing across the province.

For the 25th year, the Ministry of Environment has dedicated a weekend, July 12-13, to free fishing for everyone in Saskatchewan.

"I would say, generally, across the province all the lakes are fishing pretty good," Brian Dygdala, manager of the Fishin' Hole said.

The province contains more than 100,000 lakes and rivers, boasting almost 70 different species of fish.

Livelong post office to live longer

Faced with a crumbling post office the community of Livelong is coming together to build a new one before they lose it for good.

The hamlet, northwest of North Battleford is home to around 100 people but there are hundreds more in surrounding communities who use the post office including Calvin Eaket who owns a farm near Livelong. He says if they didn't build their own, Canada Post would have moved their mail to Glaslyn, almost 25 minutes away. 

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.

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