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Tomorrow’s paper

Along with plenty more dates to take note of as Christmas activities in and about town abound, you will find both inspiration and information in the December 8th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald. Here’s some articles to look for:

  • UCHS students participating in the We Scare Hunger program work to make a difference;
  • why disposing of garbage costs money;
  • reaction from the victims of the recent thefts in our area as well as insurance tips from local insurance brokers and theft prevention tips from the RCMP;
  • gift buying suggestions that will help local non-profits – Roughrider calendars to benefit KidSport Unity and a new Chicken Soup for the Soul book for a donation to the Unity Community resource centre; and
  • warnings about thin ice on East Killsquaw Lake, Scott Reservoir and Bell Pond.

Hockey and basketball photos, a preview of the upcoming high school drama productions, hockey reports, the RCMP report, a Faith Matters column and more fill out the rest of the pages.

Below, the Unity White Bantams hosted Macklin November 28.

Unity Bantam White Lazers



RCMP Report for August 26 to September 1

UNITY SK REPORTS for August 26 to September 1, 2014

RCMP received a report of assault and charged a 27-year-old male and a 29-year-old male, both from Unity, Saskatchewan, with assault.

Police attended a two-vehicle collision on Highway 14 by the Scott turnoff. There were no reported injuries. A traffic ticket was issued to the driver of one vehicle.

RCMP executed a search warrant at a residence in Unity SK under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. This matter is still under investigation.

A trailer with two ATVs was abandoned northwest of Unity. The registered owner of the trailer was notified and had reported the trailer and ATVs as stolen from a rural worksite. This matter is still under investigation.

A 26-year-old male from Little Pine First Nation was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle during a traffic stop.

Police received a report of a suspected impaired driver on Highway 14 near Unity. Members located the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle driver fled from police. Members later located the vehicle driver at a residence in Unity and charged the 32-year-old Macklin Saskatchewan male with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and operation of a motor vehicle while being pursued by police.

There was a complaint of fraud. This matter is still under investigation.

Police received a report of a vehicle collision with a deer. The vehicle sustained significant damage. There were no injuries.

Two youth dirt bikes were stolen from a rural residence. This matter is still under investigation.

RCMP received a complaint of a vehicle shot at while driving on the highway. After investigation, police discovered it was probably a rock that skipped onto the vehicle from the highway but created significant damage to the windshield.

A rock was thrown at the window of the Horseman House at the Unity Museum. The window was broken. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact RCMP.

There was also one traffic complaint.

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

Monday’s paper

With school now out for the summer, look for news on the final days of school at all three Unity, SK schools in the upcoming Unity Wilkie Press-Herald, such as:

  • a report on the 2014 graduation ceremonies at UCHS, and a full list of local scholarship winners;
  • a year-end report from UPS with photos from the Grade 6s’ trip to Regina;
  • photos from St. Peter’s year-end awards presentations and talent show; and
  • a report on Luseland School’s grad too.

Also in next week’s paper, a rain report, new traffic safety laws effective June 27 and an explanation of the new anti-spam law effective July 1.

UCHS grad 2014

Unity Composite High School graduating class of 2014 and MC teacher Kyle Wood

RCMP Report – Jan. 14 – 20, 2014

RCMP Call Report – Jan. 14 – 20, 2014



A storage rack that fits into a vehicle hitch was stolen from a residence at the trailer courts in Unity over the weekend of Jan.10 to 11. TheRCMP have identified some persons of interest in the theft but are requesting the assistance of the public in finding the item. (See photo)

The RCMP were called to the Unity Health Centre for assistance with a patient. The situation had calmed by the time members arrived.

Members attended a call to a residence where a male was attempting to enter the home and was banging on the door. The complainant declined to lay charges.

A resident of Unity received parking tickets in the mail for the licence plate of a vehicle that has not been driven for some time. This matter is still under investigation.

Police attended a single vehicle rollover east of Macklin. No occupants were in the vehicle at the time police arrived. This matter is still under investigation.

Two false 911 calls from residences were received.

Police attended false alarms at Unity Composite High School and Landis School. False alarms were also received from a rural residence and a Landis residence.

Members attended a residence where a fight between family members was occurring.  A male was transported to Unity Hospital for assessment.  No charges were laid.

One car and two semis were involved in single vehicle rollovers due to strong winds and icy road conditions.

Members attended a residence to check on a male as requested by the resident’s son. When RCMP arrived, they discovered the male in medical distress. He was transported by EMS to hospital.

The Unity Credit Union was damaged when it was hit by a vehicle.

Members attended a fight between family members at a residence. Minor injuries occurred.  The complainant declined to lay charges.

Police were called to a residence because a male would not leave the premises but the complainant declined to lay charges.

There was a complaint of an erratic semi driver on Highway 14. Members patrolled but could not locate the vehicle.

A member informed an individual about a peace bond.

Two curfew checks were made by police. One individual was located at home.The other individual was not located at his home during curfew. This matter is still under investigation.

Two unregistered vehicles were towed by police.


Police received a false 911 call that was due to a bad phone line.

A cellphone was turned into the detachment and returned to the owner.

A youth was arrested for theft of a firearm, uUnauthorized possession of a fFirearm and careless use of a firearm when members located a stolen firearm at his residence.The youth is also facing several break and enter charges based on the investigation.

Police were called to the Wilkie Health Centre to assist with an individual.

A member transported four occupants of a vehicle that was stranded in the ditch to Wilkie and assisted in finding them a place to stay for the night as road and weather conditions were extremely poor.

Members aided an individual in pulling his vehicle out of the ditch after he had slid into the ditch because of poor driving conditions.


 A mMember took fingerprints for an individual for a pardon application.

Members attended a residence where a fight between family members was occurring but the complainant declined to lay charges.

Police spoke with an individual who was concerned that his personal information was too accessible on the Internet.

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

Provincial government launches

The Government of Saskatchewan’s new website,, is improving access to information and services for Saskatchewan people as well as those considering visiting or moving to the province.

The previous Saskatchewan government website at was created in 2006, before tablets and smartphones were commonly used. It has since grown to more than 400,000 pages of content and its size and complexity make it hard to find information and services.

Research with Saskatchewan people found that grouping information by related topics under the headings “Live,” “Work,” “Play” and “Government” will make the new website more user friendly, as it will be organized by Saskatchewan people’s interests rather than by government ministries. This change also reflects what Saskatchewan has to offer visitors, potential investors and people considering moving to Saskatchewan.

The new website uses analytics to track and promote frequently visited pages like the Highway Hotline, or where to find day care so the most sought after information can be highlighted and kept current.

The first phase of the website project was completed between June and December 2013. The $1 million cost of the project came from existing government website and IT budgets. is part of an overall program to enhance online services to citizens. The web project included planning for the new digital program, gathering citizen feedback into their wants and needs, selection and implementation of a new content management system, reviewing more than 400,000 pages of content on the current website, design for the new site including a more accessible and mobile-friendly site; build of the new website and testing of the new site.

Government will continue to transition content and services from to over the coming year. Both and will operate until the transition is complete.

Legion Remembrance Day poster contest

In a scene repeated in hundreds, if not thousands, of Legion halls across the country, members of the Unity Royal Canadian Legion gathered Nov. 1 to judge the poster entries in the annual Remembrance Day Poster and Literary Contest.

poster contestSi Campbell, Irene Thiessen-Campbell and Vern and Sadie Burns spent half a day examining somewhere between 500 and 600 posters. They all agreed creating a short list of possible winners in each category was the easy part but picking the final top two out of the short list of top contenders was far more difficult.

The Legion members spread out all the posters in one category or division at a time. There are four categories all together: primary – kindergarten and Grades 1 to 3; junior – Grades 4 to 6; intermediate – Grades 7 to 9; and senior – Grades 10 to 12. Students from all three schools in Unity send in posters for the competition.

Remembrance Day postersEach category is further divided into colour posters and black and white posters. From the submitted posters, the group of judges had to select first and second place winners in each of the eight divisions.

The rules, set by the national Legion office, say “Entries will be judged on originality, expression of designated subject, drawing and illustration. The poster shall reflect Remembrance with a Canadian theme.”

The winning posters are kept by the Legion and sent off to zone competition. After making their way through local, zone and district levels, the best posters, essays and poems in the province are chosen and forwarded to Ottawa for the national competition. National winners are displayed at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa for one year, while second and third place winners are displayed at Parliament Hill during Remembrance week. Eventually even these posters make their way back to the students.

As well as cash prizes at each level of competition, the senior national winners of each of the poster contests, and of the essay and poetry contests, are flown to Ottawa to attend the national Remembrance Day service where they place a wreath on behalf of the youth of Canada. They also have an opportunity to meet and visit with the Governor General.

The winning entries forwarded from the Unity branch of the Royal Canadian Legion have often seen some national success but our local Legion members are still waiting and hoping to have a senior national winner so they can send someone off on the Remembrance Day trip to Ottawa.

Police report for August 4 to 10

With the Press-Herald being closed for holidays for two weeks earlier this month, the RCMP report for the week of August 4 to 10 was not printed in the paper, so we are including it here for the regular readers of the RCMP news.

  • A Cut Knife man was arrested on a warrant after a traffic stop in Unity.
  • A tan-coloured 2009 Ford F150 Supercrew cab truck was stolen from a farm site near Wilkie.  Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers or the RCMP.
  • A driver of a car was charged under The Traffic Safety Act after rear-ending a grain trailer on the Reward grid.  Minor injuries to the car occupants were reported.
  • A Wilkie man was arrested on a warrant and transported for medical treatment. No charges were laid in this matter.
  • An erratic driver was seen urinating on Highway 21 during the afternoon. Unity and Cut Knife RCMP looked for the suspect but he was not found.
  • A heritage site sign was stolen near Revenue.
  • An erratic driver was seen in Macklin and it was determined their licence has been previously suspended.  The driver’s car was impounded to prevent future incidents.
  • A stolen Ford F350 was recovered in Unity. It was processed for evidence and it is believed to be related to other thefts which resulted in charges the previous week.
  • A child welfare concern at Macklin Lake was non-criminal and was referred to Child and Family Services.
  • A dark blue “Grind” model BMX-style trick bicycle was stolen from 4th Avenue West in Unity.  Anyone with information is asked to contact RCMP or Crimestoppers.  Found bicycles in Unity are turned in to the RCMP or the Unity Town Office so anyone looking for lost or stolen bicycles should check with both.
  • A 20-year-old North Battleford man was charged with mischief and theft after allegedly damaging property and stealing recyclables.
  • A paving company was reported for being possibly fraudulent; however the company representative attended the RCMP office and was seeking a business licence.  Residents are urged to research any business to ensure it is legitimate before making a purchase.  Reputable businesses will not use high-pressure sales tactics and should be able to offer references.
  • Several houses and vehicles in Macklin were hit by eggs in the early morning hours of August 9th.  A vehicle was also vandalized.  Anyone with information is urged to contact RCMP or Crimestoppers.
  • More suspicious youth were reported in Macklin the following night and an iPod was stolen from a parked vehicle.  RCMP are looking to speak to some persons of interest in this matter.
  • There was one suspicious person, one abandoned vehicle, two erratic drivers, one traffic hazard, one false 911 call and four false alarms reported to Unity/Wilkie/Macklin RCMP this week.
If you have any information regarding a crime please contact Unity RCMP at (306) 228-6300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Reported by Cst. Eric Macdonald, Unity/Wilkie/Macklin RCMP