Monthly Archives: January 2015

New gas and power usage records set in Saskatchewan

With temperatures dropping, both SaskPower and SaskEnergy/TransGas set new records for power use and natural gas consumption January 4 and 5. According to Environment Canada, records at their weather station at Scott, Saskatchewan, showed the temperature dropping to -35C the night of January 4.

SaskPower says the new peak power load record of 3,583 megawatts was reached at 6:20 pm January 4.

According to a press release issued by SaskPower, they acquired approximately 7,800 new residential, commercial and industrial customers over the course of the 2014 year. Acting president and CEO Mike Marsh said, “We continue to set new records for power consumption, the result of more people living and working in our province than ever before.”

Meanwhile, TransGas delivered 1.27 PetaJoules of natural gas in 24 hours from Sunday, January 4, to Monday, January 5. According to a SaskEnergy press release, this was a two per cent increase over the previous record of 1.24 PetaJoules, set Dec. 6, 2014.

The release explained, “A PetaJoule is a unit of measurement equivalent to one million GigaJoules of natural gas — the average home in Saskatchewan consumes about 105 GigaJoules of natural gas annually.”

Like SaskPower, SaskEnergy has also been adding new customers. Since the previous record was set, about 7,300 new customers have been added to the TransGas distribution network.

SaskPower provided the following tips both to lighten the demand and to lessen your power bills.

Turn down the thermostat. For every degree you lower your thermostat overnight for an eight-hour period, you can save up to two per cent on your heating costs.

Plug in your car with a timer. Your car only needs to be plugged in for four hours. Using a block heater timer will save you around $25 a year.

Turn out the lights. Shorter days and longer nights mean interior lights in your home are on longer. Remember to turn them out when you leave a room. Better yet, use LED light bulbs and cut down the power used by about three-quarters.

RCMP Report for December 9 to 15, 2014

UNITY SK REPORTS

RCMP received a complaint of a missing and suicidal male. Members located and arrested an intoxicated 32-year-old Unity man. The man will be facing charges of mischief in relation to interfering with CP and CN rail lines which were shut down while RCMP worked to locate the male.

Police completed a child welfare check at the request of an individual. No need for further assistance.

Members answered an individual’s questions regarding a driver’s licence medical review.

Members assisted Saskatoon Police Services with an investigation.

RCMP were requested to attend the world U17 hockey game between Team Canada East and Team Russia to drop the ceremonial puck and keep the peace. (See photo below.) One intoxicated male was removed from the premises.

Police are assisting an individual in retrieving mail from another individual.

Members attended a residence after a report that a toddler was in medical distress. Ambulance attendants transported the child to hospital for assessment. No further police action necessary.

There was a report of a single vehicle rollover north of Unity on the Winter grid. This matter is still under investigation.

There was a report of a single vehicle rollover south of Unity on Highway 21. This matter is still under investigation.

There were also three false alarms and one traffic complaint.

The RCMP would like to take this time to remind residents that snowmobiles in Saskatchewan must be registered and display licence plates or will be subject to a traffic ticket.

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.

Ceremonial duties:

World Junior A Hockey in Unity, Saskatchewan

First issue of 2015 ready for readers Monday

After a holiday break, the first 2015 issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald will be ready for readers January 5. Although small in size, it is packed full of information and photos, including:

  • a detailed story on the UCHS Journalism 20 class and their coverage of the Russia vs. Canada East game Dec. 12, 2014;
  • pre-Christmas standings and stats in the SWHL for the Miners, Mallards and Outlaws;
  • reminders to snowmobilers and landowners about legalities;
  • an introduction to Team Laycock, who represented Saskatchewan in the last Brier, and who is coming to Unity January 14.

Remember the Press-Herald is available by subscription for less than 50 cents an issue. You can also subscribe free to unitystories.com by entering your email address in the box to the right near the top of the page. Stay with us in 2015 to stay informed about what is happening in your community!

Unity RCMP investigate auto thefts – update

(Press release issued by Unity SK RCMP December 30, 2014. Photos also provided by RCMP. See the January 12, 2015 edition of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald for additional photos and the print version of this story.)
auto thefts in West Central Saskatchewan

The Unity SK RCMP Detachment began a series of auto theft investigations November 24, 2014, after a Denzil area man discovered a number of vehicles in his yard and some unknown males on his property looking in outbuildings. The man confronted the males and, as they were leaving the property, he was struck by one of the vehicles.

Unity RCMP located the vehicles in the Evesham district minutes later and the subjects fled. It was learned the vehicles headed through Unity where a 2014 Chevrolet “Duck Commander” edition truck was stolen, but not reported until morning. The trucks were located minutes later enroute to Red Pheasant Cree Nation where the stolen vehicles fled the responding Battlefords RCMP members. One of the trucks stolen that night, a black Dodge 4×4 was abandoned by the subjects who fled the vehicle.

Stolen from Unity SK, found on Red Pheasant Cree Nation, charges pending

Since that time, Unity RCMP has been assisting Battlefords RCMP in the investigation of the auto thefts. Members of the Unity/Wilkie/Macklin RCMP have made patrols of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation and have recovered numerous vehicles that were reported stolen from: Maidstone, Biggar, Unity, Provost Alberta, North Battleford and Cut Knife, as well as a finding a stolen snowmobile and trailer from the Battlefords.

RCMP search turns up stolen vehicles and this snowmobile.

The Unity RCMP have used snowmobiles to locate many of the vehicles that have been recovered in varying condition from the secluded areas of Red Pheasant Cree Nations.

searching for stolen vehicles

Efforts are being made to recover those vehicles with salvage value higher than the cost of recovery. As the pictures show, many of the vehicles have been stripped of their wheels, and various drive-line parts which it is believed have been sold by the thieves.

stripped!Found by RCMP

The RCMP have made some arrests in relation to the possession of some of the stolen vehicles, but the matter remains under investigation at this time. Several of the subjects involved in the thefts have been determined to be young offenders, and their names will not be published due to this fact.

During this time there have been other thefts in the community as a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu were stolen from the Macklin area and used in a number of mischiefs before being burnt near Macklin and Provost respectively.

vehicle theft investigationsInvestigation and the assistance of witnesses in the area have resulted in the formal charges of three males from Macklin. Charged in relation to the thefts are Mitch Mitchell, Quinton Banfield and Brandon Gette. Mitchell was held in for court December 29, 2014 in North Battleford, Gette and Banfield are to be in court in Unity later this month.

The Unity RCMP would like to remind vehicle owners not to leave valuables in their vehicles, especially firearms, and to lock their doors and remove their keys, even when the vehicle is parked inside.

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.

Additional photos from RCMP files regarding these investigations:

Recovered Stolen vehicle from November 24thGrey GMC(compressed)_Page_1Blue Ford F350_Page_3stolen vehicle found by Unity RCMP