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Blackout grips city on frigid night

As the temperature outside dipped below -30 C, several hundred Saskatoon residents felt the chill indoors when the power went out Sunday evening.

The Haultain, Nutana and Varsity View neighbourhoods lost their lights around dinner time, with outages continuing into the night until the power was restored shortly after 10 p.m.

On the city website, Saskatoon Light and Power said they were investigating problems with the Main Street substation.

Saskatoon Health Region plans flu clinic as influenza numbers rise

The Saskatoon Health Region is watching its influenza numbers carefully as flu season hits the province.

Three people have died from the H1N1 ("swine flu") strain in Saskatchewan so far. At least 160 have been hospitalized province-wide with some type of influenza.

However, Saskatoon Health Region Deputy Medical Health Officer Dr. Shovita Padhi said they're a long way from the kinds of numbers they saw in 2009.

Bridging gaps; Saskatoon Mayor says bridges big part of 2013

Looking back, it's been a busy year at Saskatoon City Hall.

Mayor Don Atchison said the most important event of 2013, in his mind, was the grand opening of the South Bridge.

Despite the bridge's delayed opening, following a lapse in the 2012 deadline, people came out in droves to be the first to cross the span in July.

"The wonderful part about that is the thousands, and thousands of people who came out to see the opening. People lining up to travel on it," Atchison said.

Saskatoon Civic Services reduce hours for Boxing Day

Ebenezer Scrooge may not approve but many people, including some city workers will take an extra day off on Boxing Day.

Saskatoon Transit will operate on holiday hours on Boxing Day.

Drivers will not have to plug any parking meters, however if your car is impounded the Municipal Impound Lot will not be releasing vehicles either.

The Lawson, Lakewood, Shaw, and Harry Bailey pools will be open on Boxing Day, though they will operate on shortened hours. The same is true of the Saskatoon Field House, and the Clarence Downey Speed Skating rink.

Saskatoon blue bin program accepts most post-Christmas garbage

This past Christmas is the first since the City of Saskatoon rolled out its blue bin recycling program.

Director of Environmental and Corporate Initiatives Brenda Wallace said that for everyone with a mountain of Christmas garbage in their home, most of it can be recycled.

"The blue bin program is for packaging materials, and if you think about it that way, you're probably not going to go wrong" she said.

Christian group places Merry Christmas ads on city buses

Merry Christmas is popping up on Saskatoon city buses more than ever this holiday season thanks to local Christian organizations.

A group of 22 Saskatoon Christian organizations came together to finance a series of Christmas advertisements.

The ads follow, but are not directly affliated with, last year's controversial debate on whether city buses should be allowed to display Christmas messages.

2014 Saskatoon Waste and Recycle Calendar rolls out

The 2014 Waste and Recycle Calendar from the City of Saskatoon is out with a high tech new twist.

The calendar is used to show residents the days and areas that they need to put out their garbage and recycling bins.

"We are not going to make residents do the ciphering between the colours and the numbers anymore. We have worked out the 42 different combinations of the garbage and recycling collection options and produced one that is specific to your household," explained Brenda Wallace, the Environmental Services Branch manager for the City of Saskatoon.

Grace period ends at new red-light camera intersection

Saskatoon's fourth red light camera will start handling out tickets Friday.

Today at midnight the grace period ends for the new red-light safety camera at 33rd Street and Idywyld Drive.

For the last 30 days drivers received a warning in the mail if captured on camera running a red light at the intersection. But after midnight the warnings will be replaced with a $230 ticket.

City of Saskatoon tips for coyote sightings

Safety reminder as coyote sightings observed in city:

The City of Saskatoon is advising the public that coyote sightings have increased at various locations throughout the city.  There have been no physical encounters and the city reminds people to keep their distance from coyotes and all wildlife as they can be unpredictable when confronted.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding coyotes or other wildlife within the City of Saskatoon, please contact Parks Pest Management at 306-975-3300.

Saskatoon mother concerned over lingering coyote

A Saskatoon mother of three is worried about the safety of her children with a coyote wandering in and out of her backyard.

Rauncie Kinnaird and her family live in a home in Lakeridge. Their house backs onto Crocus Park, St. Luke School and Lakeridge School which means there are a lot of children in the area.

When her nine-year-old son Lachlan came home last Thursday from school, he saw what he thought was a stray dog and wanted to rescue it.

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