Monthly Archives: August 2014

Next week’s paper

You can expect a great variety of news in next week’s Unity Wilkie Press-Herald. Whether you enjoy reading about local activities, profiles of individuals, the police news, who’s winning what trophies or unusual fundraising methods, next week’s newspaper has it all. And of course you can check out the ads to find out the dates and locations of upcoming meetings and events.

Here’s a short (and incomplete) list of what you will find in the first September 2014 issue:

  • Photos from the demolition of the Landis SK elevator.
  • As more and more locals take part … a story on the ALS ice bucket challenge.
  • The regular RCMP report as well as requests for assistance for finding those responsible for specific incidents.
  • Why was the Unity rink rocking with cheering and laughter last Saturday? Find out – pictures and article!
  • And much more!

If you didn’t already know, there was a circus in town this week! See next week’s paper for a report and a photo or two. In the meantime (thanks to Kathy Heilman!) here’s a photo of the ponies which kids could ride on before the show and during intermission.

circus ponies

$5,600 in fines for illegal hunting

A Saskatoon man recently pleaded guilty to three charges under The Saskatchewan Wildlife Act and Regulations and was fined $5,600 in provincial court in Kindersley.

Donald Scheuerman, was convicted of unlawfully possessing wildlife, hunting on posted land without permission and wasting game.  In addition to the fines, the court also ordered a five-year prohibition from hunting wildlife in Saskatchewan.

The charges were laid as the result of an investigation by the Ministry of Environment in November of 2013.

Conservation officers determined Scheuerman had illegally shot a white-tailed deer on private, posted land south of Kindersley.  He had then cut a portion of the skull and antlers off and left the rest to waste.

The initial investigation came about as a result of a citizen complaint.

A subsequent search of his residence in Saskatoon revealed the cut-off deer antlers, as well as other untagged antlers.  The investigation was concluded with assistance from Alberta Fish and Wildlife, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, RCMP Firearms, DNA and Firearms Forensic Services and Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice.

“People who kill animals illegally are stealing from the law-abiding hunters of our province,” Ministry of Environment compliance and enforcement director Ken Aube said.  “Our officers worked closely with other agencies to bring this case to a successful conclusion, which we hope will deter others who may think about abusing our wildlife resources.”

If you suspect wildlife, fisheries, forestry or environmental violations, call your local Ministry of Environment office, Saskatchewan’s toll-free Turn In Poachers line at 1-800-667-7561 or #5555 for SaskTel cellular subscribers, or report a violation online at www.saskatchewan.ca/conservation.  You may be eligible for cash rewards from the SaskTip Reward Program.

RCMP Report for July 29 to August 11

WILKIE SK REPORTS

RCMP received a report of a 20-year-old Unity male crawling into a window of a residence in Wilkie. Police located suspect and charged him with breaking and entering with intent.

There was a complaint of a suspicious person in Landis. Police attended and located subject of complaint who was just out for a bike ride.

Several garden sheds were broken into and gasoline jugs were stolen. This matter is still under investigation.

Police issued a 72-hour roadside suspension to a driver who, during a traffic stop, showed signs of impairment and admitted smoking marijuana before driving.

RCMP charged a 20-year-old Wilkie male, Matthew Grbic, and a 17-year-old Wilkie male with possession of cannabis marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and with possession of psilocybin for the purpose of trafficking after executing a search warrant at a residence Aug. 4.

Police received a report of a vehicle colliding with downed power lines due to a storm. There were no injuries and no charges were laid.

There was a report of a possible break and enter at a residence but it was unfounded.

Police acted as a mediator between an adult and several youth who had a disagreement.

An individual called 911 as he was left by the roadside and did not have a ride into town. Police attended and spoke to the individual about appropriate reasons for calling 911.

Police attended a rural yard near Wilkie to investigate the report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the yard. The vehicle was gone on arrival but everything was undisturbed.

RCMP attended a single vehicle rollover on Highway 14 at Wilkie. There were no injuries. Police issued one traffic ticket.

There was a report of four suspicious individuals walking by the CP Rail yard in Wilkie. Police patrolled but the individuals were not located.

Police received a report of a break and enter at a residence. This matter is still under investigation.

There were four false alarms, two false 911 calls, one traffic complaint and one false fire alarm.

Persons with information about crimes being committed in the Unity/Wilkie/Macklin areas are urged to call the Unity RCMP detachment at 306-228-6300; the Wilkie RCMP at 306-843-3480; or the Macklin RCMP at 306-753-2171. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may also call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or *8477 on the SaskTel Mobility Network. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000 for information which leads to the arrest of person(s) responsible for any serious crime. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display, nor are your calls traced or recorded.

You can also submit a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com

Crop Report for August 12 to 18

Ripening canola in a field northwest of Wilkie August 24, 2014.

Ripening canola in a field northwest of Wilkie August 24, 2014.

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture released its crop report for August 12 to 18 on August 21. The provincial and west central portions of the report are reproduced here.

Just over one per cent of the 2014 provincial crop has been combined, while four per cent is swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report. The five-year average (2009-2013) for this time of year is two per cent combined and five per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut. Harvest operations are the furthest ahead in the southwestern region where four per cent of the crop has been combined. At this time, average crop yields are being reported in most areas.

Provincially, 19 per cent of the fall rye, nine per cent of the field peas, eight per cent of the winter wheat and three per cent of the lentils are combined. Seven per cent of the canola and four per cent of the mustard are swathed. Recent warm weather has encouraged crop development; however, frequent rain showers and heavy morning dew are delaying crop maturation and harvest operations for many producers.

Rainfall this past week ranged from trace amounts to several inches in some southeastern and west-central areas. Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as seven per cent surplus, 82 per cent adequate, 10 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate, 16 per cent short and one per cent very short.

Heavy rain, strong winds and hail caused the majority of crop damage this week. Grasshoppers, wheat midge, fusarium head blight and sclerotinia are also causing some damage.

Farmers are busy desiccating, swathing, combining and finishing up haying operations.

West-Central Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 6B – Hanley, Outlook, Loreburn, Saskatoon and Arelee areas; Crop District 7A – Rosetown, Kindersley, Eston, Major; CD 7B – Kerrobert, Macklin, Wilkie and Biggar areas)

Harvest is just starting in the region with producers beginning to desiccate pulses and swath canola. One per cent of the barley has been combined and five per cent of the canola has been swathed. Three per cent of the field peas and two per cent of the lentils are ready for straight-cutting. Overall, the majority of crops are behind normal development but they are quickly advancing thanks to recent warm weather. At this time, yields are estimated to be average, although there are some reports of high disease levels in pulses that will likely decrease yield and quality.

Rainfall ranged from trace amounts to 50 mm in the Kindersley area. Since April 1, the Major area has received the region’s greatest amount of cumulative rainfall at 396 mm. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as 11 per cent surplus, 75 per cent adequate, 13 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as nine per cent surplus, 73 per cent adequate, 17 per cent short and one per cent very short. CD 6B is reporting that three per cent of cropland acres and seven per cent of hay land and pasture acres are very short of topsoil moisture at this time.

The majority of damage this week was caused by localized flooding, strong winds and hail. In some areas, drought-like field conditions and grasshoppers have caused damage as well. Some producers are reporting high levels of sclerotinia in canola.

Farmers are busy starting harvest operations and hauling bales.

 

First paper after summer break coming up!

Welcome back to all our subscribers and readers. After some time for play and rest and relaxation – and catching up on chores at home or at the lake – the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald staff are back and have a paper ready to print for Monday distribution! In that newspaper you will find:

  • after some changes, an introduction of all the personnel at the Press-Herald;
  • the story of the UK Royals, including Wilkie’s Ally Cey, at Western Canadian championships;
  • another introduction – this one to the new dentist in Unity; and
  • an explanation of the Wilkie SK COPPS and how you can get involved.

A number of ads contain contact information and registration dates for fall activities so you don’t want to miss this issue!

RCMP Report, July 22 to 28

WILKIE SK REPORTS for July 22 to 28, 2014

RCMP received a fraud complaint of a phone call issuing an RCMP alert. ] Residents are urged not to respond to this type of scam.

Police received a report of theft from a motor vehicle.  ]This matter is still under investigation.

An individual reported hearing something on the roof.  ]Members attended and searched the area but did not locate anything suspicious.

There were also two false 911 calls.

Persons with information about crimes being committed in the Unity/Wilkie/Macklin areas are urged to call the Unity RCMP detachment at 306-228-6300; the Wilkie RCMP at 306-843-3480; or the Macklin RCMP at 306-753-2171. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may also call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or *8477 on the SaskTel Mobility Network. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000 for information which leads to the arrest of person(s) responsible for any serious crime. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display, nor are your calls traced or recorded.

You can also submit a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com

RCMP always recruiting, hosting youth camp this week

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police offers meaningful work, vast opportunities, the chance to serve across Canada and a career like no other. The RCMP is always recruiting and we are looking for people from all walks of life to join Canada’s national police service.

As part of the RCMP’s recruiting efforts, recruiters in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories and Nunavut have partnered with the RCMP Academy, “Depot” Division, to send 32 high-school students to the fourth annual youth camp for one week in August. Students were selected based on academic achievement and their interest in a career in policing. They will learn what it’s like to be a police officer in training through activities such as drill, driver simulation training, and tours of the RCMP Academy and the RCMP Heritage Centre.

The RCMP Youth Camp supports the RCMP’s National Youth Strategy, which aims to increase youth awareness and influence youth behaviour through behaviour modeling, mentoring, active learning, and engaging youth to positively influence their peers, school, and community.

The RCMP Youth Camp runs from August 11 through August 15. Recruiters from across the Prairies and from the North and RCMP Academy instructors will join the students and will serve as mentors, teachers and role models.

To find out more about the RCMP, please visit www.rcmpcareers.ca.

Crop Report for July 29 to August 4, 2014

From the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

Saskatchewan’s livestock producers now have 72 per cent of the hay crop baled or put into silage, with an additional 13 per cent ready for baling, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report.

Rain showers and high humidity are keeping swathes from drying properly and have decreased hay quality in some areas. At this time, eight per cent of the hay crop is rated as excellent in quality, 77 per cent good, 14 per cent fair and one per cent poor.

Rainfall in the province ranged from nil to several inches. While rain was welcomed by many producers to help alleviate dry conditions, additional rain will be needed to help later-seeded crops mature and fill. Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as five per cent surplus, 84 per cent adequate, 10 per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as three per cent surplus, 79 per cent adequate, 16 per cent short and two per cent very short.

Pasture conditions are rated as 15 per cent excellent, 68 per cent good, 15 per cent fair and two per cent poor. Livestock producers have adequate water supplies for their animals.

There are reports of crops starting to turn. Desiccation of peas and lentils has just started in some southwestern and west-central areas. Some crops that were damaged by recent hail are being swathed for feed. Strong winds, heavy rain and damaging hail have caused the majority of crop damage this week. Grasshoppers and leaf spot diseases have also caused some damage.

Farmers are busy haying, hauling grain and getting ready for harvest.

ripening grain

West-Central Saskatchewan (Crop Districts 6B – Hanley, Outlook, Loreburn, Saskatoon and Arelee areas; Crop District 7A – Rosetown, Kindersley, Eston, Major; CD 7B – Kerrobert, Macklin, Wilkie and Biggar areas)

Recent rain showers and high humidity are delaying haying progress and swath dry down for many producers in the region. Seventy-one per cent of the hay crop has been baled or put into silage, with an additional 15 per cent cut and ready for baling. Hay quality is rated as four per cent excellent, 64 per cent good and 32 per cent fair.

Crops are quickly advancing in the region and some producers may begin desiccation and swathing operations within the next week or two on earlier-seeded crops. However, the majority of crops are still behind normal developmental stages for this time of year. Recent storms brought strong winds, heavy rain and damaging hail to some areas of the region and some hail damaged fields are now being cut for feed. There have been reports of higher than expected disease levels in some crops while some producers continue to spray for grasshoppers in lentil crops.

The Major area received the most rain this week with 70 mm, bringing its total amount received since April 1 to 343 mm. Topsoil moisture conditions on cropland are rated as eight per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate, six per cent short and one per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as five per cent surplus, 85 per cent adequate and 10 per cent short.

Pasture conditions are rated as 23 per cent excellent, 67 per cent good and 10 per cent fair. Livestock water availability is adequate at this time.

Farmers are busy haying, hauling grain and getting ready for harvest.

Reminder to take precautions against West Nile virus

Health officials are reminding Saskatchewan residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites as the risk for West Nile virus (WNV) continues to increase.

The risk of contracting WNV infection usually peaks late July and in August when the mosquitoes that carry the virus, Culex tarsalis, are most active and present in higher numbers.

People are advised to take precautions when outside in areas with mosquitoes.

“Protect yourself from mosquito bites by covering up and wearing repellents or reducing the amount of time spent outdoors,” Provincial West Nile Virus Coordinator Phil Curry said.  “Mosquitoes can be active at any time but are most active in the evening and throughout the night.”

People can also minimize exposure to mosquitoes by eliminating mosquito habitats around their homes:

  • Clear yards of items that can collect water;
  • Regularly clean and empty bird baths and eavestroughs;
  • Ensure rain barrels are covered with mosquito screen or are tightly sealed around the downspout;
  • Keep bushes, shrubs and lawns clear of overgrowth and debris; and
  • Make sure door and window screens fit tightly and are free of holes.

Although the vast majority of people who have been infected with WNV experience no symptoms, some people will get a mild illness (fever, headaches, body aches) and will improve on their own.  A small number of people will develop a more serious illness called West Nile virus neuroinvasive disease, which includes encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain.

Symptoms of infection with WNV usually occur two to 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.  There may be a considerable time lag from when the risk of WNV transmission to humans is greatest to when human cases are confirmed.

“If you are concerned about your symptoms, contact your health professional or call HealthLine at 811,” Saskatchewan’s Deputy Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Denise Werker said.  “Seek medical attention immediately if you develop severe symptoms such as severe headaches, persistent high fever with neck stiffness, confusion, seizures or paralysis.”

Recovery from WNV neuroinvasive disease may take several weeks or months, and some effects may be permanent.  In some cases, this form of the disease results in death.

Updated information on WNV including risk levels and maps and surveillance results is posted every Friday before noon on www.saskatchewan.ca/westnile.

Brewers’ NSRBL season done, provincials this weekend

The Wilkie Brewers spent a lot of time on the diamonds last week. Advancing to the North Saskatchewan River Baseball League semifinals, the team played the scheduled three games Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Travelling to Lloydminster to play the Twins Tuesday, July 29, the Brewers lost the opening game of the semis 5-3, but were able to turn the score around, winning 5-3, at home in Wilkie, Saskatchewan, the following evening.

The final and deciding game was to played Thursday, July 31 but, with the score tied at the end of seven innings, an eighth inning was played. With darkness approaching and the score tied at 10-10, a fourth game was scheduled for Tuesday, August 5.

Despite a valiant effort by the Brewers, in the tight defensive game, the final score was 2-1 for the Twins, with the Twins not needing to take their last at-bat. The Twins advance to the NSRBL finals (against either the Unity Cardinals or the Border City Blue Jays) and the Brewers’s NRSBL season is finished.

The Brewers are not done playing ball yet though, as they travel to Carnduff this weekend to compete for the senior A2 men’s provincial title against the Carnduff Astros, Kenosee Cubs, Rosetown Angels, Gull Lake Greyhounds and Porcupine Plain Wheelers.

Photos are from the July 30 NSRBL semi-final game against the Lloydminster Twins.

batter hits catch double play gonna be a hit pitcher ready score Wilkie Brewers baseball