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City of Saskatoon

'Don't put away the snow shovel' climatologist cautions

While it’s hard to believe spring isn’t here to stay, Environment Canada’s senior climatologist says you shouldn’t put your shovel away just yet.

David Phillips is reminding people living in Saskatoon that the city typically gets about 27 per cent of its snow (25 centimetres) after March 1.

“Certainly winter could return. The thing is though, when it returns it’s probably a one-or-two day not those -30 C temperatures,” he said.

“My advice is don’t put away the snow shovel.”

Crews patching potholes in Saskatoon

Warmer temperatures have city crews working to fix potholes in Saskatoon streets.

Workers are using cold mix asphalt to patch holes on priority one streets.  A city spokesperson said they can't switch to hot asphalt until companies start making it again, usually around late April or early May. 

At Vern's car wash on 11th Street and Avenue P, many were taking advantage of the warm-up to get their vehicles cleaned up.

Fresh from putting a shine on his truck, Peter Kulak said he'd noticed the potholes this year around the Avenue P area and on 20th Street.

Huskies men and women settle for Canada West silver

A late surge by the University of Victoria Vikes propelled them past the U of S Huskies to claim the 2015 Canada West men's basketball championship Saturday in Saskatoon.

After a comeback third quarter, the Huskies failed to close out the game letting a four point lead slip away in the fourth quarter to fall 70-67 Saturday night at the Pac.

Huskies coach Barry Rawlyk accepted blame after the game for not preparing his team better.

"In hindsight, I think so much of our preparation was for UBC," Rawlyk said.

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Bob McGrath says goodbye to Telemiracle

He's been with Telemiracle since nearly the beginning, but this year was Bob McGrath's last appearance on the annual telethon.

The American singer and actor shocked the TCU Place crowd on Sunday by announcing he would not be back for the telethon's 40th year.

"I think this is the time to say thank you incredibly for all these incredible 37 years. I will be with you in spirit," a teary-eyed McGrath said on stage.

Lawsuit alleges guardrails unsafe

Saskatoon officials will be watching as the city of Stratford, Ont. sues an American manufacturing company.

The $500 million lawsuit relates to Dallas, TX-based Trinity Highway Products' ET Plus end caps for guardrails. It was filed as a class-action on behalf of all Canadian jurisdictions who use them on their roads.

PHOTOS: Parrish & Heimbecker seeks permit to demolish aging grain elevator

Just a few days after demolition the Farnam Block building was approved, another century-old building could soon disappear from the Saskatoon skyline.

Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd (P&H) filed a request to demolish their grain elevator and feed mill on Feb. 19. The facility – located at the corner of 17th Street West and Avenue N South – was built around 1910. It closed late last year after the company chose to move production outside the city to Biggar and Clavet.

Hidden space discovered under downtown Saskatoon

While doing renovations in the basement of the Hotel Senator, the owners have unearthed a piece of history.

A brick archway and what looks like the beginning of a tunnel have been uncovered behind layers of dirt.

"This was the last area that we really have not been able to get into or uncover at the hotel and we were always wondering what was behind the brick walls or the stone walls and the area that was filled with dirt," Chris Beavis, general manager of the Hotel Senator and co-owner of Winston's English Pub and Grill, said.

Saskatoon says farewell to Lydia's building

A couple from Saskatoon is saying goodbye to the place where they met and fell in love.
The historic Farnam Block building on Broadway Avenue is being torn down, and it could happen within the next few weeks. The new owners say the century-old brick structure is too expensive to renovate. The building was last home to Lydia's bar.

Boy scares off would-be attacker in Saskatoon

It was a scary walk home from school for two young boys in Saskatoon on Tuesday.
Police said around 4 p.m. the boys were in the 1000 block of Boychuck Drive near Eighth Street when a man came up and allegedly threatened to grab the younger boy.
The older boy managed to scare off the would-be attacker by yelling at him.

Another day, another water main break in Saskatoon

For a second straight morning a water main break disrupted people's normal routes to work in Saskatoon.

Two blocks of Miners Avenue were closed from 58th Street to 60th Street after a broken water main sent water gushing into the streets after 5 a.m.

With the temperature hovering around -20 C, the water quickly turned to slush and ice making the road impassible.

Water in the 800 block of 60th Street was shut off for crews to make repairs. The city expects repairs to be complete by Friday evening.

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