Prince Albert

FULL SCHEDULE/PHOTOS: PA’s Exhibition rides in full flight
paNOW Staff

Tuesday was the first day of Prince Albert’s 131st annual Exhibition, and there was no shortage of excited families ready to take it all in.

Here is a full schedule of the daily events for people to enjoy:

Local MP heading to Israel with Tory and Liberal Delegation
paNOW Staff

Prince Albert MP Randy Hoback is heading to Israel with four other MPs and a senator on July 28.

The trip is being funded by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA). The rest of the delegation includes Conservative MPs Ted Opitz and David Sweet, Liberal MPs Carolyn Bennett and Jon McCallum and Liberal senator Grant Mitchell.

Hoback told the Huffington Post he hoped the trip would help give a better understanding of the situation.

Youth remand facility trashed after conflict
By Chelsea Laskowski paNOW Staff

Eleven teens have been displaced after a night of conflict at the Prince Albert Youth Residence.

Five of those boys were involved in a dispute with staff at the facility around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday. Windows were broken and walls damaged before the teens tried to barricade themselves in a room. Prince Albert police were called in to help residence staff restore order, taking four boys between the ages of 14 and 17 into custody. 

Horrific incidents take toll on first responders
By Nigel Maxwell

paNOW Staff

The death of a young boy, at the hands of an alleged drunk driver, has left a knot in many peoples' stomachs.

For paramedics, incidents like the one Saturday night at the Muskoday First Nation are part of the job. They are trained to deal with all sorts of horrific incidents; but it begs the question who offers them support.

Public tips lead to wanted man’s arrest
paNOW Staff

Thanks to several tips to the La Ronge RCMP, a wanted man has been arrested.

Dylan Lewis, 23, was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for failing to comply with terms of his parole.

On July 15 Lewis was spotted in La Ronge.

Now thanks to tips from the public Lewis was arrested Monday after a brief foot chase by members of the La Ronge RCMP. 

He is now custody and according to the RCMP Lewis has been remanded for court on his outstanding charges.

Riot charges laid at facility for young offenders
By Chelsea Laskowski paNOW Staff

Sunday night saw quite the disturbance at a facility for young offenders who defied staff.

The Prince Albert Youth Residence houses dozens of youth who are in custody or awaiting sentencing.

It started with a disturbance complaint involving four teenage boys between the ages of 14 and 17. While Prince Albert police were on their way, the residents started damaging the facility.

P.A. Ex – the return of spudnuts
By Bryn Hadubiak paNOW Staff

A beloved fair food is making its comeback at the Prince Albert Exhibition this year.

Spudnuts, doughnuts made from potato flour, are returning to their full size this year, courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

PA’s Hope’s Home expands and hosts charity golf tournament
By Sarah Wallace paNOW Staff

Hope’s Home in Prince Albert has changed a bit since it first opened in the city in March of 2013; the first Hope’s Home was opened in Regina in 2006.

Hope’s Home in Prince Albert has just expanded its capacity from 45 daycare spots to 90.

Mickey McGillivary, director of education for the Prince Albert home, said Hope’s Home is an integrated healthcare centre, which “means they have all types of children there.”

Some wish mosquito alarm would buzz off
By Alex Soloducha

paNOW staff

Impaired driving charges laid in connection with boy's death
By Alex Soloducha

paNOW staff

Party in the Parking lot rocks rain and shine
paNOW staff

The weather didn’t keep people from having a good time at the Third Annual Party in the Parking Lot. 

People gathered in the parking lot of Price Breakers Saturday starting at 11 a.m. to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

Owner of Price Breakers and co-ordinator of the event, Chelsea Reid started the event to honour her friend Steve died of the disease.

When paNOW was there, local band Constant Reminder was rocking the stage.

UPDATED: Boy killed after being struck by a vehicle on Muskoday FN

paNOW staff

RCMP have now confirmed the death of an 11-year-old boy on Muskoday First Nation.

At 7 p.m. emergency responders were called to the First Nation after a group of boys were biking near the Muskoday Bridge.

A vehicle struck one of the boys and he was taken to hospital by Parkland Ambulance in critical condition. He was treated but later pronounced dead.  

P.A. Ex packed with food, fun and excitement for the whole family
By Bryn Hadubiak

paNOW Staff

The smell of mini-donuts and popcorn will soon fill the air, with lights flashing and screams ringing out from thrill seekers riding giant metal monsters as music plays from games on the Midway: it’s time once again, for the Prince Albert Exhibition.

This year marks the 131st P.A. Ex – an event that sees 38-40,000 people regularly each year.

SPCA grand opening a hit in the community
By Alex Soloducha

paNOW staff

The Prince Albert SPCA now OFFICIALLY has a brand new location.

On Saturday afternoon, people crowded the new facility to celebrate the addition to the community.

At 1 p.m. Executive Director Debbie Lehner cut the red ribbon.

Everyone got the chance to tour the facility, and more importantly visit the animals.

UPDATED: T-boned SUV on Marquis Road, driver injured
paNOW staff

A two-vehicle collision ended in one injury on Saturday morning.

It happened on Marquis Road in front of Tim Horton’s just before 10 a.m. Traffic was being rerouted around the scene meaning coffee lovers had to wait a little longer to get their fix.

It was clear an SUV had been stuck on the passenger side. The passenger who was injured in the crash was being checked over by paramedics when paNOW was at the accident scene. She is in good condition. 

Police said it was unclear what exactly caused the accident.

Kids take on artsy deep sea adventures
By Alex Soloducha paNOW staff

School may be out for the summer season, but some kids are still busy learning.

The Mann Art Gallery is putting on weekly Summer Art Adventures Day Camps for kids ages 7-12.

Friday was the last day of their Deep Sea Adventures five day camp, which ran from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. each day.

It’s time for a parking lot party
By Alex Soloducha

paNOW staff

A fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy will be rocking Prince Albert this weekend.

The third annual Party in the Parking Lot will be held on July 26 with all proceeds going to Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

The event is set to kick off at 11 a.m. and will be shaking up the Price Breakers parking lot for 12 hours.

Owner of Price Breakers and co-ordinator of the event, Chelsea Reid said she has a special drive behind running the event.

Hole-in-one for Vic Hospital Foundation charity golf tournament
paNOW Staff

A Victoria Hospital Foundation fundraiser broke a record this year.

Local grocers act fast on recalled fruit
By Sarah Stone paNOW Staff

Summer is the perfect time to grab some fruit from the grocery store, but the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has released a recall of several products imported from California that were sold Prince Albert.

Whole peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots from the Sweet 2 Eat brand are being recalled due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

General manager of the Prince Albert Co-op, Dave Marchant, said they did have some of those products, but have since pulled them from the shelves.

paNOW Staff

Many severe thunderstorms warnings throughout central Saskatchewan have ended, but watches do remain in place. 

Areas under the thunderstorm watches include:

Provincial transfer to cities rise, property taxes could fall -- slightly
By Thia James paNOW Staff

The Government of Saskatchewan announced Wednesday that it would be increasing the amount of funding it transfers to municipalities by $8.3 million in 2015-2016.

Known as the Municipal Operating Grant (MOG), the municipal revenue sharing program grants a portion of the province’s PST revenues to municipalities in Saskatchewan. In 2013-2014, PST revenues rose, resulting in the increased MOG transfer.

In total, the province will be transferring $264.4 million to municipalities in 2015-2016.

Hep C affecting a significant number of Sask Pen inmates
By Thia James paNOW Staff

A significant proportion of inmates at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary have been diagnosed with hepatitis C, a blood-borne disease that attacks the liver.

The data, provided to paNOW by the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) via a Freedom of Information request, shows that over a six-year period, from 2007 to 2012, between 180 to about 260 inmates had hepatitis C infections.

Violent crime rates drop in PA, but city moves up on crime severity index
By James Bowler paNOW Staff

At a first glance at Statistics Canada’s most recent crime severity index numbers for Prince Albert, the fact the city rose one position in the rankings may stand out.

The crime severity index has Prince Albert at an index rating of the fifth-highest in the country for cities with populations over 10,000 in 2013.

However, Prince Albert Police Chief Troy Cooper said that is based on averages from other cities, and Prince Albert has actually seen decreased criminal activity, along with the rest of the country.