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Local News Archives for 2014-01


This week is the 5th annual Red Tape Awareness Week sponsored by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.  Their Provincial Affairs Director Elliott Sims says they are challenging all levels of government to commit to tackling the burden red tape places on small business and they want you to join them in the Red Tape Revolution.  He explains red tape is regulation that is out of date or unnecessary and doesn’t really add public value so it can be a number of things. Sims says it can be requiring duplicate forms or following rules that are inconsistent or don’t make common sense or just poor government customer service in terms of communicating rule changes or updating forms when new ones become available. He adds all these things add time and can cost money to small businesses and ordinary Canadians when they are trying to comply with government regulations.

             

Sims says you can find a petition that will be delivered to governments and more information on their website www.cfib.ca.

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The CEO for the Northern Health Region Helga Bryant told the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce last night the future looks bright for our Region and locally.

             

Bryant says locally they recently opened the new EMS Service Center and ambulance garage and have been approved for an upgrade to the General Hospital Emergency Room. She says they have formed a board to look at the best was to take advantage of the upgrade and they will include input from user groups and the public who have experience in using the ER.  She says they have also been approved for a safety and security upgrade at the Personal Care Home.

             

Bryant adds they have two new physicians coming to the community in mid to late March who are committed to being here for at least four years and have two nurse practitioners starting in the spring.

             

She also noted they have a contract with a consulting firm to help organize clinical services across the region and to find out which services can best fit into each community.  They will then look at improving transportation services between communities so all people can take advantage of clinical services offered in each community across the region. Bryant also mentioned they have welcomed a new member to the Region Board, Gerard Jennissen of Cranberry Portage.

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The Norva Center in Flin Flon is hosting a nationally acclaimed exhibit in June called Walking with Our Sisters which is a memorial for missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada and the United States.  The Center’s Mike Spencer says they need volunteers.  He says it’s a large project so anybody who’s interested in helping out is more than welcome.  He adds they’re having a meeting on Sunday and there’ll be questions and answers and getting people up to speed and it’s the first meeting for volunteers for this project so they’d like to get people to come out.

             

The meeting starts at 1 Sunday afternoon at the Norva Center on Green Street.

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The Flin Flon Primary Health Care Center is presenting a public education session by telehealth on coping with stress.  The Heart and Stroke Foundations Northern Outreach Manager Amanda Nash says they will talk about different issues around stress.  She explains they know stress is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke and no matter where you live pressures of everyday life can have an impact on your wellbeing.  She says everyone has stress in their life so they want to address that and help people minimize their stress and manage their stress through activities like physical activity, meditation, breathing, healthy living and progressive muscle relaxation.

             

The same session will run twice next Wednesday afternoon from 12 to 1 and 1:30 to 2:30 at the Primary Health Care Center.  To register call Robi Lynn at 681-3137 or Joanna at 681-3149.

 

 

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The Employment Links Development Center in Flin Flon is holding information sessions on the EWIN or Entry to Work in the North program. The Center’s Barb Link explains it’s a pre-employment program for those wanting to improve themselves in the nine essential skills.  She says they start with life skills, they work on upgrading and improving some math and English skills, skills to improve yourself in the workplace, computers, they get certificate programming and the highlight is if you’re work ready at the end a six week job placement in the community which is going to be a great asset for people trying to get back into the workplace.

             

The information sessions take place at 1:30 this afternoon and again on February 6th at the Center at 51 Main Street.  The next program starts on February 18th.  For information you can call 204-687-8791.

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More than 800 groups and organizations across the province will benefit from 1.4 million dollars in charitable gaming grants distributed by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority. The Flin Flon Motorcyclists Association will receive a grant of 3753 dollars.

             

Groups that raise funds through licensed charitable gaming such as bingo, raffles, break open tickets or other events receive a quarterly grant equal to 25 percent of proceeds raised through those activities.

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During his report at the Flin Flon School Board meeting Superintendent Blaine Veitch mentioned that last years student writing anthology is being circulated throughout the schools with stories for next years collection being accepted.  Veitch also spoke on the impact of surveillance cameras at the schools.  He says the cameras inside and outside have been quite helpful and have contributed to keeping incidents such as vandalism to a minimum.

             

With February being I Love to Read Month Board Chair Murray Skeavington encouraged parents to take the extra time to read to their child or have their child read to them more often.

             

Some dates to keep in mind include January 29th, 30th and 31st Hapnot and Many Faces are writing exams, the winter dance at Ecole McIsaac is on the 29th and February 20th at the Community Hall is the combined Science Fair for Ruth Betts and McIsaac Schools.

 

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This is Alzheimer Awareness month and the Program Director for the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba Norma Kirkby says people should see a doctor if they have concerns about changes taking place in memory loss or making daily decisions.  She says one of the things they know is that not all memory loss or confusion might be the result of dementia, it might be the result of some other illness and so by going when there are those signs if it is another medical condition causing the confusion or the memory loss then treatment can be sought for those.  She says if it isn’t that there is another occurring condition then it will help to begin the process of examining whether it might be some form of dementia or Alzheimer disease or some other cause.

             

Kirkby says you can get more information at their website www.alzheimer.mb.ca or people in the Flin Flon area can call their Winnipeg office toll free at 1-800-378-6699.

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VMS Venture reports considerable progress was made at the Reed Mine near Snow Lake last month.  VMS owns 30 percent of the project with Hudbay owning 70 percent and is the operator.

             

During the month underground development advanced 217 meters for a total of just under 3 thousand meters, they mined from the first production longhole stope, commissioned a new mine ventilation heater and completed a ventilation raise from the 110 to the 85 meter level.

             

VMS C.O.O Neil Richardson says the mining of the stope is the start of advancing Reed towards commercial production in the second quarter of this year.  He says the focus in January will remain on safety and continued ramp development.  He adds the project remains on budget and on schedule.

 

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Ryan Fox can add a 25 thousand dollar lottery prize to his list of reasons to be grateful to his mom.  The Flin Flon resident scratched a major win on the Western Scratch n’ win he received as a gift.

             

Ryan’s mom gave him several lottery tickets as a Christmas gift.  He started scratching and uncovered a huge surprise on the third ticket when he uncovered at 25 thousand dollar win.

             

Ryan says he plans to put some of his windfall towards a down payment on a house and save the rest for now.  The ticket was purchased at the Creighton Super Stop.

 

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The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba is in need of volunteers for its annual door to door campaign during Heart Month in February.  Canvas Coordinator Amber Meszaros says they need canvassers across the province including Flin Flon. She says what they ask their canvassers to do is go door to door on the Foundation’s behalf in their neighborhood.  She adds this can be done anytime throughout the month of February and usually it takes volunteers about three to four hours to canvas 25 to 35 homes on their route.

             

To volunteer for the February campaign you can visit their web site at www.heartandstroke.mb.ca or call Amber at 204-571-4080.

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Hudbay’s Quarter Century Club membership recently increased with the presentation of watches to 41 employees with 25 years of continuous service with the company.  This club represents just over 76 thousand years of service with the company.

             

Safety awards were presented to 19 employees with 25 years, 10 employees with 30 years, 8 employees with 35 years and 2 employees with 40 years without a lost time accident.

             

No retirees were recognized at this awards night as 13 employees who retired from Hudbay over the past year were recognized at the previous awards night held in late November.

 

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The Flin Flon Lions Club has teamed up with the Flin Flon Ski Club to provide winter access to the boardwalk. Funds from the Flinty Committee are being used to assist the ski club as they have the expertise and equipment to create a walkable path.

 

Dave Price says the ski club go's out periodically with their equipment that they use for grooming ski trails and they pack and even out the boardwalk trail. He says normally it would not take that long, but with all the snow lately it has been quite the challenge to get through some areas.

 

The ski club has completed seven sessions of clearance so far throughout the winter and have got a very good response from the community and encourage people to use the space.

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The Flin Flon Public Library has come up with a way to break up the cold weather with a new program called "Blind Date With A Book".

 

Library Administrator Cindy Maclean explains that it is a program that is actually a contest, where you take out four books and your fifth book will be a blind date that is wrapped to conceal the cover. Will your soul mate be a mystery? romance?or biography?

 

 

This will qualify you for a great prize including a night's stay at the Victoria Inn, roses from Northern Rainbows end and a movie night gift basket.

 

Second prize is a dinner for two at the Prospecter Inn.

 

This takes place right til the end of February, and the library would like you to stop by and check out their new concert dvd section. There is a great jondra to choose from including everything from Country to Classical, Pop and Classic Rock.

 

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The Trout Festival Committee held a meeting Thursday night, as they continue to prepare for the 64th festival coming up the final weekend of June. The Trout Festival is in good financial shape with an operating budget of $25,000.00 and another grant coming in for $25,00.00.

 

Trout Festival President Tim Babcock mentioned at the meeting that despite the influx of cash they are still facing some big challenges including getting enough volunteers to cover the entire festival.

 

The festival will need to find a new chair person for the 48 hour fishing deby, and will be looking for volunteers to help out on Main street and sell tickets and do security at the Fish Fry. If you are interested in helping out this year, you can contact Tim Babcock at 204-271-3836.

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The Flin Flon District Chamber Of Comerce is inviting you to their next meeting. It will include a supper as well as a speaker.

 

Tom Therien The Chamber President says besides a great meal they are very happy to have a very special guest speaker in Helga Bryant from the NRHA, who will be on hand to deliver a very informative key note address and answer any questions that you may have.

 

The meeting will take place at the Victoria Inn Thursday January the 30th , with cocktails at 5:30 and supper at 6:15, followed by the meeting and speaker. Tickets are $20.00 per person and you are asked to RSVP by Wednesday, January the 29th by calling 204-687-4518.

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The Salvation Army is once again hosting their hot soup program every Monday and Wednesday 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

 

Major Debbie Allen says that they are aware that there is a strong number of people in our community that need a free lunch, and says this is open to everybody and is absolutely free.

 

This takes place at ST. Peters and ST. James Anglican Church, downtown Flin Flon.  Debbie says they may keep this program going right until June if there is a need in the community.

 

She also says they are always looking for volunteers, so if you would like to help out you can give her a call at 204-687-7812.

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102.9 CFAR was the corporate sponsor at this past Friday's Flin Flon Bomber game. CFAR manager Dianne Obrien says it was a great oppurtunity to get the station's new logo out in the community and help a local family.

 

$950.00 was collected for the McKay family who lost everything in a fire just before christmas. Obrien says it is a great experience to get involved in the community especially when Flin Flon continues to show it's great gererosity in helping out people here in our town. CFAR also gave out lots of free stuff featuring the new FM logo.

 

Obrien added that 102.9 CFAR has lots of great events to look forward to in 2014 including the buisiness radio auction at the end of February and the annual trade leisure show and sale in April.

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The Flin Flon Arts Council is presenting a Celtic Cabaret Saturday evening.  The Council’s Crystal Kolt says it’ll be an interesting and fun evening.  She says they are going to be having a real Scottish band Ron Scott’s Dusty Windowsills Caelea Band.  She adds they’re also going to have your favorite wine and beer as you party with your friends.  She says it’s the first party of the season that will be really fun and relaxing and there’ll be a dance floor if you want to kick up your heels.

             

The Celtic Cabaret starts at 7:30 Saturday evening in the Flin Flon Community Hall.  You can pick up tickets at Northern Rainbows End on Main Street.


 

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The local Canadian Film Group is showing the film The Angel’s Share presented by the Films Up North Thursday evening.  The Flin Flon Arts Council’s Crystal Kolt says this is a Scottish film that has won several awards.  She says this story is a really heart felt, warm friendship type story where the main character who is a bit of a character escapes from prison by the skin of his teeth and while he meets up with this three friends during this adventure he discovers that he has this amazing talent that involves the worlds best malt whiskies.

             

The film will be shown Thursday evening at 7 in the Hapnot Theatre. Tickets are ten dollars at the door.

 


 


 

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The Flin Flon Trout Festival Committee is holding a meeting next week in the hopes of getting more volunteers to help with this year’s festival. President Tim Babcock says they only have a few volunteers who put in hundreds of hours.  He says they’re looking for people who can do anything from selling tickets for them for an hour to looking after a booth on Main Street for a couple of hours during the festival to planning events starting right now.

             

The meeting will be held next Thursday, January 23rd at 7 in Flin Flon City Council Chambers.


 

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Shortly after 6 Sunday evening Pukatawagan RCMP received a report from the nursing station that a female had been brought in unresponsive with life threatening injuries.  Initial investigation reveals a 22 year old female from Pukatwagan was in a group traveling through the community. She was traveling on the back of a snowmobile when she fell off and was struck by a quad that was following close behind. She was transported to the nursing station where she was pronounced deceased.

             

RCMP report she was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.

             

An RCMP traffic reconstructionist is assisting with the investigation as both speed and alcohol are believed to be contributing factors.

             

Name of the deceased will not be released.


 

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The Lions Journey for Sight leaves Flin Flon tomorrow morning for their annual snowmobile fund raiser for the Lions Eye Bank of Manitoba and Northwest Ontario.  Flin Flon Lions Club representative Andy Wasylciw invites you to see the riders off at 10 o’clock tomorrow at the Victoria Inn.  He says there’ll be about 25 snowmobile riders leaving and he is the only rider from Flin Flon.  He says the first day the riders will go as far as The Pas, the second day Swan River and end the Journey in Brandon on Saturday.

             

The snowmobilers will be joined by others from across the province as they arrive in Brandon on Saturday in a journey that raises around 100 thousand dollars annually for the Lions Eye Bank.

             

You can make a pledge by calling Andy at 204-687-7606.

 


 

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The Flin Flon Recycling Center’s Administrator Deb Odegaard has announced an increase in the fee for red bag curbside recycling.  She says the cost of the red bags which is really the fees for the service is going up because they need to cover their increasing costs and make sure it’s covering all the costs that they have.  She says its going up from 2.50 to 3.50 for the red bag that people place on the curb and then they can put out two more bags or boxes with the red bag.  She notes this is the first increase since they started the program in 2010.

             

Pick up is in Uptown Flin Flon and Creighton on the first and third Wednesday of each month and for East Flin Flon and Channing the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.  Red bags can be purchased at the Gas Bar, Acklands, Di’s Confectionary, Super K and at the Recycling Center.  Recyclable material can also be dropped off at the Recycling Center at 9 Timber Lane.


 

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The Medical Officer of Health for the Northern Health Region Doctor Randy Gesell says so far in Manitoba we’re seeing a typical influenza year.  He says it’s the same in our Health Region.  He says the Northern Health Region Emergency Departments are reporting no more than typical influenza like illness numbers coming in at this point so really it’s a pretty typical flu year.  He says the interesting part is almost all of the lab reported influenza that they’re seeing this year so far is the H1N1 virus.

             

Doctor Gesell says the current year’s vaccine covers for H1N1 adding you can still get the flu shot by contacting the Primary Health Care Center.  He says if you are ill and may have the flu you are encouraged to stay home to prevent the spread of the illness and remember frequent hand washing and covering of coughs helps prevent the illness.


 

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Hudbay has released its plans for exploration for this year and they have budgeted exploration expenditures of 20.4 million dollars which is almost entirely devoted to brownfield opportunities near the company’s existing deposits.  A key component of this will be the development of the 955 to 1025 meter level exploration drift at Lalor near Snow Lake during the second half of this year which is expected to enable tighter spaced drilling to upgrade known inferred resources and to test the down plunge exploration potential of the gold and copper-gold zones.  Underground exploration drilling at Triple Seven in Flin Flon will also continue with the objective of extending the mine life beyond 2021.

             

In Peru Hudbay expects to continue exploration activities at its property near the Constancia deposit.


 

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Two former northern Manitoba women who now live in Winnipeg Teresa Lynne Gibson and Beverley Watson were climbing Mount Kilimanjaro this week to raise money for Flin Flon’s Women’s Safe Haven that is run by their sister Colleen Arnold.  Arnold says they were working towards the summit Wednesday night and developed problems when unfortunately altitude sickness got to them.  She says Bev stayed at Keebo Hut at 47 hundred meters and Teresa did attempt to make the summit but turned around at about 51 hundred meters.  Arnold says they’re back at the hotel today and are feeling fine.

             

The climb has raised just over 26 hundred dollars for the Safe Haven.


 

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The year end totals are in for last year at the Flin Flon Recycling Center and Administrator Deb Odegaard says things went well for the year.  She says they had quite a bit of change towards the end of the year because they are no longer sorting the material just bailing it commingled and sending it to Winnipeg to be sorted and that helps them maintain getting stuff through because things were really piling up because people are recycling a lot of material in Flin Flon. She adds last year they had almost 397 tonnes and that’s about 14 tonnes more than what they did in 2012.

             

Odegaard adds it would be nice to get back to the 500 tonnes they did in 2007.

             

For information on recycling you can contact the Recycling Center at 204-687-6169.

 


 

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Hudbay has released its production guidance along with its exploration and capital expenditure forecasts for this year. Highlights include capital investment forecast of approximately one billions dollars including 904 million in growth initiatives, exploration budget of 20.4 million focused on development of an underground exploration drift at the Lalor Mine near Snow Lake and other exploration near existing and planned processing infrastructure in Manitoba and Peru, commercial production from the Reed Mine near Snow Lake expected in the first half of this year commercial production from the main production shaft at the Lalor project expected to be declared in the second half of this year,  and contained metal in concentrate production across all key metals is expected to increase over last year’s levels due to the full year of production expected from the Reed mine and initial production expected from Lalor and the Constancia project in Peru.

 

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Operation Red Nose operated across the province through the holiday season and over 39 hundred people in 11 communities use the service.  The President of Safety Services Manitoba Judy Murphy says the success of the program depends on the work done by local hosts and volunteers noting over the season 2319 volunteers gave 3923 rides across the province raising almost 77 thousand dollars for youth sports programs.  She added The Pas had the greatest increase in rides with 503 which is 162 more than last year.

             

As we reported earlier Flin Flon had 223 rides provided by 135 volunteers raising almost 35 hundred dollars in donations from riders.


 

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The Lord’s Bounty Food Bank came through the Christmas season quite well.  Their Food Distribution Chair Dennis Hydamaka says they did have a considerable increase in demand, in fact in the last quarter of 2013 which is their first quarter they were up 15 percent in the number of people that were fed and 27 percent in the number of hampers they handed out.  He says the families are smaller with more singles and more couples.

             

Hydamaka adds as far as their intake goes it was similar to last year so they are in pretty good shape right now.

             

Hydamaka also attended Tuesday nights City Council meeting to express concerns about the affect on low income families in the community from the changes in the fire and police service fees in effect for this year as well as the increased utility rates now that the new water treatment plant is operating.

 

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Nominations are being accepted until January 24th for the Manitoba School Boards Association Student Citizenship Awards.  Their Associate Director Heather Demetrioff says the awards are open to any student in full time attendance at a public school in Manitoba, kindergarten right through to grade 12. She says they are not academic awards but citizenship awards so what they’re looking for are students that are making a real contribution to both their school community and the broader community in either a leadership role or sometimes they’re initiating some sort of charitable endeavor, just showing what it means to be a good citizen in their school and community.

             

Demetrioff says an award is given to a student in each of the Association’s six geographic areas and one provincial award for a student group.  She says the awards include a certificate and 500 dollars while students nominated but not selected receive a certificate and 100 dollars.  Several Flin Flon students have won this regions award in the past.

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Flin Flon RCMP have discovered remains in the wreckage of a fire.

 

             

While following up on all avenues to locate 59 year old David Preston assumed missing after his residence was engulfed in flames last Saturday, Flin Flon RCMP returned to the house for a secondary search.  Officers discovered human remains at the scene. It is believed the remains are those of Preston, pending positive identification and autopsy which is to be conducted next week in Winnipeg.

             

The cause of the fire is still under investigation but does not appear to be suspicious.


 

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The Northminster Memorial United Church is hosting a coffee house at 7 Friday night.  Reverend Alex McGilvery says at the coffee house they have local musicians along with coffee, tea and cookies and it’s an opportunity just to get together and have some fun and listen to some good music.  He adds they’re looking for new musicians, people who want to come and play so if you want to come and play or sing you can call him at 271-2066.

             

A silver collection will be taken at the door with the money going to the Salvation Army hot soup lunch project.


 

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A heritage building, snowmobiles and funding were all part of last night’s Flin Flon City Council meeting.

 

              At the meeting Council gave final reading to a bylaw to designate the main building at the Flin Flon Station Museum as a municipal heritage site.  The Museum Board had requested the designation so they could access special grants.

             

Councilor Colleen McKee reported Council receives many requests from the community for donations so they will implement funding guidelines to help them regulate their spending. There will be four intakes a year which will be advertised with guidelines and applications available on the city website and at City Hall.

             

Some resident of the Trailer Courts presented council with a petition signed by 40 households.  The petition states they are not concerned about the use of snowmobiles or quads in the Trailer Court. They found people were not aware this issue was part of a petition they signed regarding the loss of limestone fill for their lots.  They asked Council not to pass the bylaw that regulates the idling and revving of snowmobiles as it is not a concern to residents and it’s not fair they should be singled out with a bylaw. Council agreed to table the bylaw for further discussion.

 

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Saskatchewan provincial parks are gearing up for another season and in order to continue to provide a high level of service to an increasing number of visitors several fees have increased.  Changes will affect nightly and seasonal camping rates such as nightly electric going from 22 to 27 dollars and seasonal electric from1500 to 1900 dollars.

             

The Government notes costs to operate provincial parks have increased 42 percent since 2007 and this is the first fee adjustment since 2009 adding park user fees cover less than 60 percent of operating costs.

             

Information on booking sites can be found at their web site www.saskparks.net.

             

Their online reserve a site system will open on March 3rd.

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The In Motion Health Challenge gets underway on Monday and you still have time to register your team.  The Committee’s Christa McIntyre says they’re going to extend the registration deadline to give teams a little more of a chance to get registered for this event and people can register up until Wednesday morning because the first event is Trivia Night that night in the Flin Flon Community Hall.

             

You can enter a team by calling Christa at 204-681-3145 or email cmcintrye2@nrha.ca.

 


 

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Two former northern Manitoba sisters have started their climb of Mount Kilimanjaro to support Flin Flon’s Women’s Safe Haven.  53 year old Teresa Lynne Gibson and 52 year old Beverley Watson who now live in Winnipeg are supporting the shelter run by their younger sister Colleen Arnold.  Arnold says they started on Saturday and they did text on the first day that it was a lot harder than they anticipated and then they lost contact with them.  She says they should be hitting the summit on Thursday morning for them which she thinks would be around 11 or midnight our time Wednesday night.

             

Arnold also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro two years ago.

             

Donations can be dropped off at the Women’s Resource Center at 60 Hapnot Street or online at www.womensresource.ca. They have raised about 26 hundred dollars so far.

 


 

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Rockcliff Resources has closed its non-brokered private placement announced last month for proceeds of almost 315 thousand dollars.  The flow through funds of 231 thousand dollars will be used to determine the significance of a large conductive untested anomaly located proximal to their high grade T-1 copper deposit on the Tower Property near Snow Lake.  Exploration will be focused on additional geophysics followed by a minimum one thousand meter drill program. The exploration program is planned to begin early this year.

             

Rockcliff Resources is a Canadian resource exploration company focused on discovery and advancement of high quality mineral properties at its Snow Lake project.


 

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The Manitoba RCMP’s holiday check stop program wrapped up News Years night.  They report despite the frigid temperatures and occasional blizzard like conditions the four week total for the program shows that just over ten thousand vehicles were checked during 357 check stops.  110 people were charged with impaired driving, driving over .08, refusal or impaired by a drug.  The RCMP also issued 46 alcohol related tiered administrative suspensions.  There were 27 other criminal code driving offences, 33 charges for failing to wear a seatbelt, 50 liquor control act charges and 1042 other highway traffic act offences.  Five people were killed as a result of four fatal collisions during the period of the check stop program although none of the deaths resulted from impaired driving.

 

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The Flin Flon Arts Council is planning several events to start off the new year.  The Council’s Crystal Kolt says it includes workshops and concerts.  She says the first one is a show called True Jive Pluckers and its three amazing musicians and that’s on January 29th.  Then she says Valentine’s Day there, a great show to take your loved one out to, that’s the Manitoba Theatre Center’s Miracle on South Division Street and they have country singer Tim Huss coming on March 7th.

             

Kolt adds between that there will be a series of workshops including knitting, an introduction to Spanish and Scottish country dance.  For information you can contact the Arts Council office.

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Operation Red Nose wrapped up another season of getting people and their vehicles home safely.  It started November 29th and ran every Friday and Saturday in December as well as New Year’s Eve. The Rotary Clubs Committee Co-chair Ted Hewitt reports they did a total of 223 rides up from last year and even though it’s a free service they did accept donations.  He says this year the users of the service donated close to 35 hundred dollars and with our community’s generous corporations and other sources they expect to collect between 12 and 13 thousand dollars this year.  He says all of these funds stay within the community and are donated towards children’s activities and organized sports.

             

Hewitt thanked all the volunteers who helped out this year noting there were 135 volunteers with some coming out more than once.


 

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Just before 5 Saturday morning RCMP responded to a report of a house fire in Flin Flon.  When officers arrived the house was engulfed in flames.  Fire crews worked to extinguish the blaze but the building is a total loss.  The Office of the Fire Commissioner was called to investigate.

             

The house was searched for the owner and lone occupant but he was not found.  RCMP are concerned for the well being of 59 year old David Grange Preston who is considered at risk.  Preston is described as 6 foot 1 with hazel eyes and he walks with a distinctive gait.

             

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of David Preston is asked to call the Flin Flon RCMP at 204-687-1423.

 

 

 

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Students will be traveling to Greece in 2015 with the Hapnot Travel Club and are holding a bottle drive tomorrow to help raise money for the trip.  Teacher Daniel Dillon says they will pick up bottles and recycling.  He explains one of the key points of their fund raising within the school division is to give back to the community at the same time as providing an opportunity for the kids to fund raise so one of the things they are doing with this bottle drive is to give back by also taking people’s recycling and they’ll take that to the recycling depot.  Dillon adds they are hoping to do quite a few fund raisers which will hopefully benefit the community while benefiting the kids as well.

             

You are asked to have your bottles ready for pick up between 11 and 3 tomorrow.

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In a year end release Churchill Member of Parliament Niki Ashton says it was a busy year in the riding as she visited communities all across the riding.  She adds it was also a busy year in the House of Commons with the senate expense scandal that attracted a lot of attention as well as issues like pension reform, the need for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and most recently the cuts to Canada Post.

             

Ashton says throughout the year she spoke out on issues of concern to people and communities in our region such as housing, EI cuts, rail safety, maintaining postal services, support for youth programs and other issues and worked with her constituency offices on many individual problems and concerns.

             

Ashton adds she would like to thank everyone throughout the riding for the support and encouragement she has received wishing everyone all the best in 2014.

 

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Operation Red Nose completed its final night of getting people and their vehicles home safely New Year’s Eve.  The Rotary Club’s Co-chair Ted Hewitt says they were really busy with 53 calls for rides which was their highest amount in a number of years.  He says because of the large number of calls some people had to wait in excess of an hour for service but their volunteers did a great job and replied to every call working until about 4 AM to clean up the calls.

             

Operation Red Nose began November 29th and ran every Friday and Saturday night through December as well as New Year’s Eve.

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The annual six week In Motion Health Challenge will get underway January 13th.  The Committee’s Christa McIntyre encourages teams of two to four people to enter for a fee of five dollars a person with weekly prizes and a top prize of 500 dollars awarded.  McIntyre says teams will collect points for meeting challenges with some changes this year.  She says they are sticking with the same challenge sheet that they have used every year so people will have to do things like the physical activity, drinking water and the healthy eating but the new twist this year is a kindness challenge and they put that in there to try and promote kindness in our community and they are bringing back Trivia Night.

             

To register your team call Christa at 204-681-3145, fax to 204-687-8602 or email cmcintyre2@nrha.ca by Monday.

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The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba is holding its annual door to door campaign this month.  Their Manager of Volunteer Events Trudy Mattey says they need canvassers across the province including Flin Flon.  She says they ask canvassers to go door to door in their neighborhood for donations to the Alzheimer Society.  She adds they expect they could do 15 to 25 homes and they have the whole month of January to do it.

             

To volunteer you can call 1-800-378-6699 or go to their web site at www.alzheimer.mb.ca.

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