Tuesday, May 5, 2015

District

Drug op busted

On May 1, members of the Treaty #3 Police Service Street Crime Unit, in co-operation with the Fort Frances and Thunder Bay OPP Drug Enforcement Units, conducted a traffic stop on Highway 11, east of the Couchiching.
It led to the seizure of a large quantity of marijuana.
As a result of the seizure, the Treaty #3 Police Service was granted a search warrant for a residence on Couchiching.

Fires heating up

The forest fire scene has heated up in the Northwest Region, with a total of 26 new fires since Friday.
Fort Frances District saw its ninth fire of the season Friday—a human-caused blaze sparked in the Morson area.
It is now “out.”
There currently are four active fires in the region, including three in Kenora District and one in Thunder Bay District.

Mother’s Day tea coming up

By Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

Guthrie United Church in Devlin will host its annual Mother’s Day tea and bake sale on Saturday, May 9 from 2-4 p.m.
There also will be a penny table and cookie walk.
Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for kids 12 and under (babies are free).
Everyone is welcome to come and have fun while supporting our local church.
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More fires reported

Six new forest fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon, two of which were still active as of today.
The human-caused Nipigon Fire #6 was listed as “not under control” at three hectares in size.
Sioux Lookout Fire #2, meanwhile, was “under control” at 0.5 ha in size.

Domtar deal ratified

More than 550 Unifor members in the Dryden-based Domtar pulp mill and Woodlands operations voted overwhelmingly in favour of new four-year deals last night.
Maintenance, production, and office employees in the pulp mill voted 97 percent in favour of the new deal, with harvesting, trucking, and chipping employees in the woodlands operations voting in favour by an 80 percent margin.

Merits of youth caucus lauded

In 2010, Aaron Petrin attended Global Vision’s annual National Youth Ambassador Caucus in Ottawa.
Five years later, he has become a local connector to promote the event, which takes places June 5-8 this year.

‘Ice-out’ official

The ice is now out on the north arm of Rainy Lake.
Several local residents reported that boaters should be able to get anywhere on the lake as of yesterday.
This is a far cry from last year, when “ice-out” didn’t occur until late May.
“Ice-out” on the north arm of Rainy Lake was around May 15 in 2013.
By contrast, “ice-out” in 2012 was April 9—the earliest on record.

Rash of fires in April

A grass fire last night on Eighth Street near the curling club was the latest in a rash of fires in the area.
Fire Chief Frank Sheppard said firefighters responded to the blaze around 10 p.m.
The fire, which actually consisted of several small fires in an area, did not damage any nearby structures.

Last call for tickets

The Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s annual spring luncheon is quickly approaching.
The popular event is close to sold out but there still are a handful of tickets available for any ladies hoping to attend.
Entitled “Bring the Outside In,” the indoor picnic-style event goes this Sunday (May 3) in Robert Moore School gym.

Free barbecue slated

The Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service will hold a community barbecue next Thursday (May 7) in conjunction with Emergency Preparedness Week (May 3-9).
Running from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the fire hall, free hotdogs and refreshments will be served up.
There also will be information booths, displays, and giveaways both from the fire department and Red Cross.
Everyone is invited to attend.

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