Prince Albert

Two gun shots lead to 2nd degree-murder conviction
By Chelsea Laskowski paNOW Staff

After sifting through conflicting evidence leading up to and after two gun shots that took the life of a Black Lake man in 2011, a judge in Prince Albert found Allister Donard guilty of second-degree murder.

Justice R.C. Mills’ verdict in relation to the death of Joey John Yooya, 21, came at the Court of Queen’s Bench on Wednesday.

Yooya’s body was found in the woods outside Black Lake, a First Nations community 1,180 kilometres northwest of Prince Albert, on July 5, 2011. 

Hep C awareness promoted in PA as World Hepatitis Day approaches
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As World Hepatitis Day approaches, 601 North Outreach Centre is honing in on a strain that affects a number of Prince Albert residents in particular—hepatitis C.

Shelley Crawford, hepatitis nurse clinician, said as part of the Know Your Status campaign they will an information session on Thursday where transmission, prevention and treatment will be discussed.

There are immunizations for hepatitis A and B, but no vaccination for C, which is why they are trying to increase awareness about prevention and treatment, she said.

VIDEO: Lifeguards and paramedics work together to demo water safety
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Somebody was dragged out of the Kinsmen Water Park pool by lifeguards and paramedics on July 22, but they weren’t really hurt.

The “victim” was actually a lifeguard helping to perform a spinal demonstration to pool goers as part of National Drowning Prevention Week.

The week is always set in July because summer is the peak season for potential drowning, according to the Saskatchewan Lifesaving Society.

A new beginning for MADD Canada in PA
By James Bowler paNOW Staff

A new chapter in the fight against drunk driving has come to Prince Albert.

Trina Cockle has taken the initiative to open the Prince Albert chapter of MADD Canada.

Cockle said that she felt the need for more awareness in the Prince Albert area after witnessing the tragic head-on collision that killed a well-respected community figure, Ben Darchuk, on May 20, 2012. The driver of the vehicle that caused the accident, Tanner Hallett Courtney, 22, was drunk and had been using cocaine prior to the accident.

POLL: Seniors and kids voting in large numbers to save water slides
By Bryn Hadubiak paNOW Staff

Seniors and daycare kids of Mont St. Joseph Care Home are pulling together to vote in massive numbers to help earn funding for Prince Albert’s Kinsmen Water Park slides.

As of 10 a.m. on July 22, the group voted 3,560 times on the Kraft/TSN Celebration Tour website, and the number keeps rising.

Residents attacked in home invasion
By Sarah Stone paNOW Staff

It’s a lesson in caution when it comes to locking your doors.

On Monday, Prince Albert Police Service responded to two home invasions. Both were in the Midtown area and one resulted in an assault.

At around 7:31 p.m., police attended a residence in the 200-block of Ninth Street East for a complaint of a home invasion where a man and two women had allegedly entered an unlocked home and began assaulting two residents.

None of the victims were seriously hurt or needed medical attention.

VIDEO: Local teen promotes the vote for Kinsmen water slides
By James Bowler paNOW Staff

A lifeguard from the Kinsmen Water Park is taking the Kraft Celebration Tour vote initiative into her own hands at Emma Lake.

Mackenzie Wick, 17, with the help of her younger brother Mackewen, has decked out her golf cart to extend the voting for the Kinsmen Water Park’s water slides out to the residents of Emma Lake.

Attendance at Kinsmen Water Park plummets with slides’ closure
By Thia James paNOW Staff

The effect of the closure of the Kinsmen Water Park’s four main slides is being felt in a big way at the admissions gates.

General admission attendance at the water park has fallen dramatically this year over last. In June 2013, there were 8,573 general admissions. This June, in a season in which the park is now operating without the slides open to the public, admission was 2,877. This represents a more than 66 per cent decline in attendance.

General admission for adults remains at the unchanged price of $7.25.

Teen’s compassion launches worldly trip
By Chelsea Laskowski paNOW Staff

Fourteen-year-old Jayden Bissky’s reason to go to Cambodia brings tears to the eyes of a group of mothers.

“Through school we’ve always learned about poverty and different things like that. I think it’s a really important thing in life to see these things and know that we can do something about it. Though we may be going to do a few simple things I know that once we get back we’ll be changed for life and hopefully we’ll inspire others to do this as well,” Bissky said.

POLL: Decades later, Kinsmen Water Park 'still a draw'
By Thia James paNOW Staff

Voting for the Kinsmen Water Park in the TSN/Kraft Celebration Tour  contest stretches into a second day as supporters rally online to garner enough ballots to secure the $100,000 top prize.

Alcohol initiative a focus of Saturday arrests
By Chelsea Laskowski paNOW Staff

Seventeen people were caught up with the law due to alcohol-targeting initiatives this weekend.

Targeting alcohol-related offences related to the sale and consumption of alcohol in local establishments on Saturday, police issued 12 tickets including consuming denatured alcohol, liquor in a place other than a private place, public intoxication, and liquor in a motor vehicle.

La Ronge family takes home boat in Icehawks lottery

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The big winners of the third annual Icehawks Sports & Leisure Lottery have been announced.

Corinne Lazurko and her family from La Ronge are the proud new owners of a new Lund SSV16 Boat with a 40hp Merc 4 Stroke engine and Trailer supplies by Rally Motor Sports.

The new lottery for the 2014/15 season has been announced and tickets will go on sale at the Prince Albert Exhibition.

PHOTOS: Residents big and small show up to support Kinsmen water slides voting
By James Bowler paNOW Staff

Parents and children soaked up the sun and some splashing fun at the Prince Albert Kinsmen Water Park Monday.

Officials at the water park were offering a free barbecue in support of the voting process for the Kraft Celebration Tour that began Monday morning with the Kinsmen water slides a top 10 finalist.

Among the parents and children were a few dignitaries including Mayor Greg Dionne, who remembers his first time coming to the water park.

$10K donation from weekend tourney stuns SPCA
By Thia James paNOW Staff

When the Prince Albert SPCA’s executive director saw the final amount that the Charlie’s Angels charity golf tournament organizers were donating to the shelter, she was visibly stunned.

Boat safety highlighted ahead of drowning prevention week
Boat safety highlighted ahead of drowning prevention week
By Chelsea Laskowski paNOW Staff

As vehicles hauled boats back from cottage country on Sunday, many received a reminder of boat safety.

Crash ties up traffic on bridge Sunday
By Nigel Maxwell paNOW Staff

Traffic was tied up on the Diefenbaker Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

Shortly after 1:30 p.m, a car collided with a motorcycle.

A 56-year-old man on the motorcycle was taken to hospital in good condition.

There was a female passenger on the bike. She was not hurt.

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Voting for Kinsmen Water Park in Kraft Celebration Tour begins
By Thia James paNOW Staff

Voting in the TSN/Kraft Celebration Tour kicks off on Monday, and the City of Prince Albert is looking to get the word out about its campaign to save the water slides in the Kinsmen Water Park. 

Assaults keep both police and paramedics busy in PA
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Prince Albert Police and Parkland Ambulance Paramedics had a fairly busy weekend.

Police responded to over 200 calls for service and paramedics responded to 47. 

An assault on Saturday in the 500 block of 23rd street east sent a 28-year-old man to Victoria Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police arrested 24-year-old man after a short investigation in connection to the assault.

He faces a charge of assault causing bodily harm. 

Group home staff pulling for Kraft Celebration tour
By Chelsea Laskowski paNOW Staff

Children at local group homes have one less thing to get excited about since the Kinsmen Water Park slides closed this summer.

Patricia Naytowhow was at the water park with about 10 children from one of the homes on Sunday, the day before 2014 Kraft Celebration Tour voting opened. The Save Our Summer, Save Our Slides committee made it into the top 10.

River Runners brave elements, wrap up 3-day trek
By Thia James paNOW Staff

Teenagers taking part in a leadership program rowed into the boat launch in Prince Albert after a three-day journey along the North Saskatchewan River.

The River Runners left Prince Albert for Fort Carlton on Thursday and set off in canoes after a tour of the fort. Fort Carlton, a provincial park, was a former trading post and is situated 27 kilometres west of Duck Lake. The 10 students were greeted by family members when they arrived on shore Saturday afternoon.

PHOTOS: Blacksmith showcases history of craft at farming festival
By Bryn Hadubiak paNOW Staff

Sounds of steel bending iron to its will shatter the silence of the cloudy day, drawing curious festival-goers towards a small wooden building to see a blacksmith perform his craft.

It’s one of many demonstrations at the 34th Annual Vintage Power Machines Threshing Festival, taking place on July 19 and 20, around 12 kilometres southwest of Prince Albert, just off of Highway 11.

PHOTOS: Memorial honouring Métis veterans unveiled
By Thia James paNOW Staff

A six-year-long journey to honour Métis war veterans with a permanent tribute culminated in the memorial’s unveiling at the Batoche cultural grounds on Saturday.

The memorial was dedicated to the thousands of Métis veterans that served in past conflicts, and the smooth pillars will soon have their names etched upon them. The monument will recognize Métis veterans from all across Canada.

PHOTOS: Ladies tee-off at fundraiser golf tournament
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The rain didn’t dampen spirits at the ladies golf tournament fundraiser on Saturday at the Mark’s Nine Golf and Country Club.

Fifteen teams of women of all ages competed in the first annual “Charlie’s Angels” open golf tournament to raise money for the SPCA.

Some of the women dressed up in costume.

The tournament was the second of two tournaments for the SPCA.

Outside help rallies for PA vote in Kraft Celebration Tour
By Sarah Stone

paNOW Staff

As the hours tick down to the 2014 TSN Kraft Celebration Tour vote, Prince Albert is reaching out to neighbouring communities for support.

Shannon Hurl, the woman who originally nominated the Kinsmen Water Park for the competition and the Save Our Summer, Save Our Slides committee member, said the City has sent emails to several communities including Big River, Birch Hills and many more, informing them of the two-day vote.

One community that said it is behind Prince Albert is Nipawin.

A thousand at First Nations assembly pray for Marlene Bird
By Chelsea Laskowski paNOW Staff

More than a thousand people praying for Marlene Bird was “beautiful to see” for a First Nation leader who lives in Prince Albert.

Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) first vice-chief Kimberly Jonathan was at the Halifax Assembly of First Nations (AFN) annual general assembly when the group included a spiritual moment for Bird in their agenda.