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City of Saskatoon to continue with 24-hour construction

Around-the-clock construction work is getting paving projects around Saskatoon completed in a third of the time.

"On any given day on 51st Street, traffic isn't good at the best of times. We completed that work in just over a week, in comparison, something like that during the day would have taken three to four weeks," Director of Construction and Design Chris Hallam said Thursday.

Speeding Mustang clocked doing 197km/hr on Valley Road

A 20-year old man was given a ticket and had his vehicle taken away after he was clocked driving almost 200 km/h on Valley Road Tuesday evening.

A Saskatoon Police Service traffic unit spotted the 2012 Ford Mustang around 8:00 p.m. traveling 197 km/h in the 90 km/h zone.

Officers managed to stop the vehicle and the driver was given a $795 ticket.

Under the new traffic safety laws the driver will lose his vehicle for seven days.

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Repair backlog cancels two bus routes

I lineup of buses needing repairs forced city transit services to cancel two bus routes on Tuesday.

“We do apologize to our customers it’s certainly something we take very seriously and we’re taking steps to eliminate this issue,” transit manager Bob Howe said, adding the extreme hot temperatures caused overheating in some buses.

Gas leak prompts evacuation of warehouse


A forklift operator is to blame for causing a natural gas leak Monday morning at a warehouse on Jasper Avenue.

The Saskatoon Fire Department and police service were called to 2630 Jasper Avenue around 11:43 a.m.

The severed gas line was located inside the building and Sask Energy was called to turn off the gas.

All the employees got out safety and were allowed to return to the building an hour later.

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Saskatoon police arrest '31-year-old escape artist' after break-in

Saskatoon police have arrested a man who they describe as a "31 year old escape artist".

The incident started when a concerned citizen called police about a possible break-in on the 3700 block of Diefenbaker Drive. The report said the man was brandishing a shovel.

Officers arrived just in time to see the suspect leaving the side-door of the house with an armful of electronics, jewelery, and other items.

Three men enter Saskatoon home, two leave with stab wounds

A stabbing in Saskatoon's King George neighbourhood Saturday afternoon has police searching for a motive.

Officers were called to a home on the 800 block of Avenue I South at around 2:00 p.m. Saturday. 

Police say three men entered the home, and confronted a 36 year old woman living there.

After an altercation, two of the men, (aged 20 and 37,) had to be taken to hospital with stab wounds. Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Truck theft leads to early morning police chase in Saskatoon

Saskatoon police say they chased down a pair of alleged truck thieves just as the sun came up Saturday morning.

Police say they received a report of a stolen pickup with a jet ski in the box from the 700 block of Avenue L North at around 3 a.m.

It took about 45 minutes for them to find a vehicle matching that description driving on 22nd Street. 

City boosts budget for sidewalk repairs

A budget boost will hopefully make for some smoother sidewalks in Saskatoon this year.

Pulling from the 4.29 per cent road levy and property tax increase, the City of Saskatoon increased the sidewalk rehabilitation budget to $1.8 million, up from $500,000 in 2013.

The increase means six kilometers of sidewalk should get fixed in 2014, up from last year's 1.7 kilometers.

Saskatoon currently has around 1,900 kilometers of sidewalk, enough to pave the Trans Canada between Saskatoon and Calgary three times.

Elected officials earn more in Saskatoon than Regina

City councillors and the mayor in Saskatoon earn more than the elected officials in Regina.

For what’s considered a part-time job, councillors in the Queen City earn $35,697 per year, while the same position in Saskatoon earns $53,867. Mayor Don Atchison earns $119,171 plus $27,000 in expenses while his counterpart in Regina, Mayor Michael Fougere earns $106,680.

Large storm system tracking eastward over much of Sask.

When Saskatchewan Storm Hunter Greg Johnson woke up Wednesday, he knew he would have to hit the road.

"You could feel that kind of warm, moist air," he said. "And it's blowing pretty good, you know, up into that 20-30 kilometre an hour range, and that's exactly what we'd expect on the morning of a severe thunderstorm."

Wednesday afternoon, Johnson was heading to the Swift Current area as severe thunderstorm watch alerts blanketed the southwest edge of the province.

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