It started off as a vacation in paradise, but quickly turned into a nightmare on the flight home to Regina.
Yellow Grass’ Allen Altwasser and his family had just finished their holiday at a resort in Jamaica this past Sunday. It was 30 C most days in the Caribbean but it was time for the family to leave the hot sun and go back to the frigid -40 C of Saskatchewan that evening. That’s when the ordeal started.
“It was the trip home where things started to unravel,” he said.
A water main break on Confederation Drive is expected to cause some traffic backups near 22nd Street on Saturday.
Northbound traffic near the Confederation Park Mall will have to squeeze to the curb lane while city crews fix the break.
Both west entrances to the mall will stay open.
This is the second water main break the area has seen in the span of a month. Work is expected to wrap up by the early evening.
An apparent structural failure on the St Louis bridge has forced the century old crossing to close.
The Highway Hotline announced the closure at 1:30 p.m. Friday but didn't provide a reason for closing the bridge which crosses the South Saskatchewan river 45 kilometres south of Prince Albert on Highway 2.
Barricades were installed Friday closing the St Louis bridge to traffic. Jan 3, 2014. Kayla Bruch paNOW
Full power was restored to the Saskatoon Airport Tuesday afternoon.
The airport had been running on back up power after a surge in the the post security area Saturday evening.
It caused some flight delays into early Sunday but at no time was power to the pre-security area affected, said a release from the airport authority.
The cause remains under investigation, however on Monday a Sask Power spokesperson stated the problem had been traced to a cable in the airport.
The Saskatoon airport is still running on emergency electricity Monday after an unexpected power surge Saturday.
The power surge delayed some flights Saturday night.
The airport switched to emergency power in the post-security side of the terminal at about 6:30 p.m. said Maxine Montgomery, the manager of customer and terminal services with the Saskatoon Airport Authority.
The airport is currently still on standby power with only essential power being used.
There’s only one big night left in the first holiday season for Regina’s Operation Red Nose, and volunteers are expecting it to be their busiest one yet.
So far volunteers have given 116 free rides to party goers throughout the holiday season—something chairman Edward Edwards said is encouraging in the projects inaugural year.
Saskatoon is getting ready for another round of bitterly cold temperatures and that's enough for some people to hop on a plane to somewhere warm.
"We've had a lot of people coming in looking for last minute deals, wanting to get away over the Christmas break," said Jamie Milton, managing partner of Uniglobe Carefree Travel in Saskatoon.
She said this has been the busiest Christmas season for her company in years.
The number of people through the Saskatoon airport in 2013 really took off as an estimated 1.38 million passengers visited the airport.
"We have record passenger volumes every month in 2013," said Stephen Maybury, president and CEO of Saskatoon Airport Authority.
He said the number of passengers in 2013 is 4.4 per cent higher than in 2012, but he expects 2014 to break 2013's record.
Beside the growth in passenger traffic, Maybury said the airport is also experiencing physical growth through the $53 million dollar expansion project.
The ice storm that hit much of Eastern Canada certainly caused tie-ups at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, but flights coming from there to Saskatoon were running fairly smoothly on Monday.
"It's been managed well. We're just seeing some minor delays. They're running anywhere from 30 to 40 minutes (late) is sort of the worst case scenarios we're seeing," Saskatoon Airport Authority CEO Stephen Maybury said.
As southern Ontario confronts an intense blast of freezing rain, the Regina International Airport is experiencing mounting flight delays.
Most of southern Ontario was placed under a freezing rain warning mid-day Saturday with Environment Canada saying that ice accumulations on power lines could cause widespread power outages.
All that bad weather is cause for concern for anyone travelling in the country as any flight connecting to Toronto will likely be delayed.