Friday, July 26, 2013

Treaty 3 Police Not Folding

 The newly appointed board for Treaty 3 Police Service says the service isn't going anywhere next month.

A statement issued says the 45 day notice given to officers last month has been misinterpreted as a notice the aboriginal police service is shutting down.

The Board states the notice is only a requirement in the event of possible layoffs.

The board adds that if the Service was to shut down, governments require a year's notice which has not given.

The board met for the first time yesterday with a representative of the officer union on hand.

County Opts To Pay For Full Amount For Jail Repairs

Koochiching County is opting to pay the full amount when it comes time to cover the costs of upgrades to a regional corrections center.

The County is on the hook for about 41-thousand dollars in a planned six-million dollar improvement to the Northeast Regional Corrections Center, north of Duluth.

St. Louis County will cover the bulk of the costs through bonding and has offered to include other Counties if they desire

Site For Kraft Celebration Tour Selected

A site has been selected for the upcoming Kraft Celebration Tour in Fort Frances.

Fort Frances Curling Club president Ron Silver says TSN opted for the Sorting Gap Marina.

The site will include a huge jumbotron and twenty-one different tent sites featuring games and activities and food booths.

Silver says they're now looking for about 82 volunteers to help with set up and tear down and man some of the booths.

Call the curling club if you are interested in helping out.

Hydro Outage

Some residents west of Fort Frances are without power this morning.

Hydro One is reporting about 20 residents living in the Crozier area without electricity related to a storm that passed through the area.

Thunderstorms, packing heavy rain, hail and high winds hit much of the borderland.

Mostly pea sized hail fell in the Fort Frances area.

Quest Goes Tonight

Twenty local performers take to the stage tonight in the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce sponsored Quest for the Best.

Atikokan Blues artist Sunday Wilde attends as one of three judges.

She'll be joined by 93.1 The Border's own Andy C and last year's Quest winner Brittany Hayes.

Doors of the event at the Sorting Gap Marina open at 6:30 p.m.

New Gold Extends Offer For Rainy River Resources

New Gold says it now has 86 per cent of all shares in Rainy River Resources in a planned take-over of the mining exploration company.

New Gold is giving shareholders, yet to take the cash-and-stock offer, until August 8th to accept.

The company says if it has at least 90 per cent of Rainy River share, it will acquire the rest through a compulsory acquisition.

Some Newly Acquired Safeway Stores Sold Off

Empire Company, which owns Sobeys stores in Canada, has struck a deal to sell some of its newly acquired Safeway properties in a sale-leaseback deal with property management company Crombie of Nova Scotia.

None of the stores impacted are in northwestern Ontario are impacted.

Bone Marrow Donors Sought

A drive is under way to persuade college-age people in Minnesota to be bone marrow donors.

The shortage of marrow donors is so acute that last year only about half of the 12,000 blood cancer patients requesting a donor received one.

One reason is doctors have found it hard to recruit younger people, whose cells are better able to fight cancer.

Union Welcoming New Police Service Board

A new police services board for the Treaty 3 Police Service is being welcomed by the union representing its officers.

Public Service Alliance of Canada's Judith Monteith-Farrell is expecting a better working relationship in trying to keep the Service from halting August 19.

Monteith-Farrell says the board has indicated a commitment to keeping the police service going.

Course Focusing On Terrorism Planned

A heightened sense of security is leading to a new program to be delivered at Rainy River Community College.

The college is partnering with Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids to deliver a two-year Strategic Security Studies program.

Coordinator Steve Kovacic says it will, in part, train students how to detect and deal with terrorist activities.

The program will be taught by instructors with military, Navy Seals or SWAT team backgrounds.

Kovacic estimates 51-thousand jobs available related to the course.