Saturday, March 28, 2015


Drug bust nabs five

Five people are facing drug charges following two simultaneous search warrants conducted at two separate residences on Couchiching First Nation on Wednesday.
Police seized various quantities of hydro morphine, Oxycodone, dilaudid, and cannabis marijuana, with an estimated street value of about $12,000.

Town adds one to ‘sunshine list’

The Ontario government has released the salaries of public-sector employees who were paid $100,000 or more in 2014.
Known as the “sunshine list,” the Town of Fort Frances has one more name on it.
New to the list is firefighter Wayne Riches, who earned $102,559.95 last year.

District records first fire

Rainy River District has seen its first grass fire of 2015, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry reported.
A 4.3-hectare grass fire was reported Tuesday on the wildland reserve in Dawson Township, about 10 km north of Rainy River.
The Dawson fire department initially responded to the blaze, with the MNRF arriving later, at which time both parties worked together to put it “out.”

Distracted drivers nabbed

The OPP wrapped up its “Distracted Driving” campaign with strong support from the public, the media, and other valued road safety partners.
Officers from the Rainy River District detachment participated in the campaign and issued 18 charges.
Public education is an important component of the OPP’s Provincial Traffic Safety Program and the campaigns it supports.

Park tops

It didn’t even take a full season’s worth of work for Nathan Park to establish himself as the SIJHL’s most dangerous masked man.
The Fort Frances Lakers’ netminder yesterday was named as the league’s top goalie this season—despite not joining the team until mid-December after spending the first part of the year with the Selkirk Steelers (MJHL).

Two firearms seized here

Canada Border Services Agency officers have charged a Minnesota resident with smuggling firearms following a vehicle search last week at the Fort Frances port of entry.
On March 17, two U.S. residents arrived to apply for Remote Area Border Crossing permits.
Both had nil declarations but the primary officer referred the vehicle for a secondary examination.

Ceremony cancelled

Fort Frances won’t be the site of an Ontario Volunteer Service Awards ceremony after all.
The local ceremony—tentatively set for May 6—was dropped due to an insufficient number of recipients.
Instead, local recipients will be invited to attend the ceremony in Thunder Bay on May 7.

Chiasson in midst of pageant preparations

With the Miss North Ontario Regional Canada Pageant just over a month away, Rainy River District representative Alyssa Chiasson is in the midst of pageant preparations.
“I’m getting excited but a little overwhelmed—there’s so much to do,” admitted the 16-year-old Fort Frances resident.

College class helping community kitchen

The Community Development Class at Confederation College here is getting residents on board to help support the Loaves and Fishes community kitchen at the New Beginnings Fellowship.
“One of the main reasons is their funding has been completely cut,” noted student Harvey Jolicoeur, referring to why they chose the community kitchen to support.

Volunteers key to ‘Snoasis’ success

Despite a lack of snow, the “Snoasis 3” family fun day went off without a hitch Saturday at the Fort Frances Public Library.
“Planning outdoor events in March is always a gamble,” reiterated Duane Hicks, president of the “Friends of the Museum,” which once again organized the event.

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