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By the numbers: wildlife collisions in Saskatchewan

Although wildlife may be present on Saskatchewan's highways year round, the recent death of a young woman after a collision with a moose reminds drivers how dangerous that wildlife can be.

SGI recently began tracking collisions with moose in an individual category. Prior to November 2012, moose were considered as part of the "other" category of non-specified animals.

Campers starting to roll in to provincial parks for May long

Spring may have been late coming, but nothing short of a blizzard could come between Saskatchewan people and their first camping weekend.

Mary-Anne Wihak is the Director of Visitor Experience for SaskParks. She says the gates are open at provincial parks and campers are starting to roll in. In certain parks, particularly in the north, she says there may be limited services for this weekend. 

Saskatchewan launches highway construction season

As people in Saskatchewan get ready to set out on the highways for the May long weekend, the province is kicking off the highway construction season for the year.

In 2014 the government of Saskatchewan plans to spend $664.5 million on highway projects, including $405.2 million for transportation capital projects.

Projects for 2014 include:

Ukrainian ambassador visits Sask. in midst of country's crisis

In the midst of volatility not seen in his country for 20 years, Vadym Prystaiko, Ukrainian ambassador to Canada, took his first trip to Saskatchewan.

Prystaiko spoke to reporters in Saskatoon ahead of a public event at the Ukrainian Museum of Canada Monday night. He is slated to speak at the Ukrainian Orthodox Hall in Regina on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Sask.Trans Canada Trail, the path less built

Saskatchewan's section of the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) is lagging behind the rest of the country, with more than 1,000 kilometres of trail left to build before the 2017 deadline.

The project kicked off in 1992 to celebrate Canada’s 125th anniversary and was given until the nation’s 150th birthday to connect Canadian’s coast to coast through a continuous stretch of walking and water trail.

Sask gov't aims to reduce driving deaths and injuries

The government of Saskatchewan is launching a new traffic safety campaign for drivers just days after one of its own ministers was nabbed for texting behind the wheel.

This past Monday, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart received a $280 fine for checking a text while driving. He said he doesn't normally text and drive but he was anxiously awaiting a message; he also said he won't be doing it again.

“I think that is...a great reminder we all need to do better,” admitted fellow minister Donna Harpauer, the minister responsible for SGI.

Balgonie students demand safety improvements for Hwy 1

They’ve had to watch some of their classmates die behind the wheel. Now they want serious action from the Saskatchewan Government on the stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway east of Regina over to Balgonie.

The Greenall High School Community Council is leading a community initiative to make the road safer by asking the government to immediately install more traffic lights, reduce speed limits and increase enforcement.

Ticks emerging in Saskatchewan

Camping season is just around the corner and some pests are preparing.

"We're actually starting to hear of a few reports of ticks," said Phil Curry, entomologist with the Ministry of Health.

Curry said this is about normal for ticks to appear and even a little bit late because of the cool wet weather that has been sticking around.

"They become active at about four degrees, so we are starting to see some ticks in certain areas," he said.

Federal financial support announced for Regina Bypass

The federal government will be pitching in to the public-private partnership (P3) being used to build the new Regina Bypass.

On Monday, federal Minister of Agriculture Gerry Ritz announced that the federal government will contribute up to $200 million to the build. The money is being provided through the P3 Canada Fund. The province will fund the remainder of the project's $1.2 billion cost through a partnership with a private company.

Motorcycle rollover west of Regina sends man to hospital

A single-vehicle rollover shut down part of the Trans-Canada Highway west of Regina Thursday afternoon.

STARS air ambulance was dispatched at 1:22 pm to a crash on Highway 1. RCMP report a motorcycle was the only vehicle involved in a crash approximately three kilometres west of the turn off to Grand Coulee.

Traffic backed up from the scene of the crash while the police set up a detour; the grid roads in the area were too soft to use for a detour. The eastbound lane of the highway was expected to be shut down for three to four hours.

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