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The Pas Local News Archives for 2014-07


A safer highway is the main reason for the Manitoba Government’s recent announcement. Yesterday they announced $12,000,000 for a project to improve an 8 KM stretch of PTH 39 near PTH 596 east of the Snow Lake Turn off. The new project is aimed at improving safety and sightlines along the highway and is part of the Government’s $5,500,000,000 five year plan. The project will begin construction in August and is to be completed by Fall 2015. 

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The Town of The Pas could become a much larger hub for transporting goods and services. The Pas is already known as a Hub for the North, but yesterday Business and Community leaders from Manitoba and Saskatchewan were in The Pas to discuss future possibilities. Discussions included shipping goods and services right through The Pas up to Churchill so they can be shipped to Europe. There was some concern however of the impact this could have on our environment. A few of the business and communities in attendance included the Manitoba Minister of Agriculture, Town of the Pas, The Town of Nipawin, Town of Churchill, The RM of Kelsey, OCN, Calm Air, Tolko and Hudson Bay Mining. Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Ron Kostyshyn said shipping through Churchill would be the most cost efficient means of transportation. Discussions for future plans will continue.

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A new skate park is in the future plans for The Pas. Thanks to locals, fundraising has begun. Baewatch624 was held this weekend with a beach volleyball tournament followed by an evening beer garden and social. Jerome Conaty the Lead Organizer for Newpark623 said they raised closed to $3,000 this weekend. He said they also have some future plans for more fundraising in September including a comedy and dance party night.

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Today is the first day of a new camp for Moose Park. The Family/FASD Teaching Cultural Camp Gathering begins today with Guest Motivational Speaker Mike Scott. Workshops at the camp include Family Traditional Parenting, FASD, Suicide Awareness and Cultural Appropriate Programming. At the Camp there are activities such as drumming, singing, beading and talking circles. Anyone is invited to the camp. For more information you can contact Elizabeth Head at 204-627-1500, Mackenzie Thomas at 204-623-7456 or Donna Young at 204-627-7199. 

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A meeting will be held in The Pas tomorrow to discuss Transportation potential in The Pas and the movement of local goods and products. The Hudson Bay Route Association, The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce and The Pas Community Development Corporation are hosting the meeting of community leaders from all over Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Jim Berschied the President of The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce knows it’s an important meeting. The Forum runs all day tomorrow and has guests including Omnitrax, HBR, Calm Air, Via Rail, Tolko, Hudson Bay Mining, Vale and much more. The goal of the Forum will be to discuss with other parties ways to attract more transportation to The Pas and become a larger hub for North American goods and services.

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A million dollars may have not been won but thousands of dollars worth of prizes has been handed out. The Million Dollar Hole in One wrapped up once again this year with 3 guys taking aim at the million dollar shot. Rick Kerwin is this years overall winner with a shot of 1 foot and 3/4 inches in the semi finals. Second place went to Jeff Reiben with a shot of 4 feet 5 1/2 inches. Third went to Bob Kerslake with a shot of 7 feet 11 and 3/4 inches. Each of the three guys won hundreds of dollars of prizes throughout the week as well as all other qualifiers, juniors and ladies. Overall the million dollar hole in one was a success this year and planning for next year has begun!

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Gallery in The Garden is back this weekend for Part 2. Last Saturday they had 3 gardens as part of the tour and this weekend it’s up to 5. Shirley Barbeau the Coordinator of The Pas Arts Council is looking forward to it. You can find the addresses of the 5 gardens on the CJ 1240 Facebook page or in the Opasquia Times. The whole event is completely free. Along with the front and back yard displays, there will be artwork, baking and craft stands, as well as live musicians playing in the gardens on the tour.

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Attorney General Andrew Swan has announced the appointment of a new judge to the provincial court.  Catherine Hembroff of The Pas has been appointed to the court in Thompson.
Swan says Judge Hembroff has been living in northern Manitoba for almost two decades practicing criminal law as a Crown Attorney and taking part in a number of community activities adding her extensive experience and expertise will be a valuable asset in her new role.
After receiving her law degree from the University of Manitoba in 1994, Hembroff began working as a provincial Crown Attorney in 1995, serving in The Pas and other northern communities.  In 2008 she became the supervising Senior Crown Attorney in the Pas. The appointment is effective immediately with an official swearing in ceremony to be held as soon as possible.

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The 6th Annual Street Festival is only a few weeks away. The Pas Community Renewal Corporation would like to invite everyone to join in the fun on August 16th. The Festival will take place from Noon to 4PM on Edwards Avenue. There will be face painting, bouncy houses, kids activities, coffee house, live entertainment, a farmers market, street hockey tournament, door prizes and more all free of charge. Local vendors will also have their display booths set up. To book a table or for more information you can contact Crystal or Desarae at 204-623-4269.

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The Million Dollar Hole in One is underway for the week at the Halcrow Lake Golf and Country Club. It’s day two today and if you didn’t make it on yesterday’s leader board your opportunity to get on today begins at 10 am. Prizes for today’s top ten equal over $3,000 and include a Panasonic POV Camera, 3pc Bistro Set and Gazebo, and a 200 piece tool set. You will have from between 10am and 9pm to take your shots at the range and try to finish in the top ten. Top ten qualifiers from each day will get to shoot in the Semi Finals for the big prizes Sunday.

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The Sam Waller Museum’s most recent exhibit has been well received. The Flux, Continuous Change Exhibit has been up since early June and William Shepard the Museum Curator says it’s been really successful. Shepard says the new exhibit is attracting a lot of visitors including a group from the United States. They have 18 pieces on display from 9 local artists. Shepard says it’s beneficial because it’s a chance to give our local artists some exposure and show off the talent that they have. You can view the exhibit any weekday between 10am and 5pm.

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The 25th annual Cranberry Portage Trout Challenge is coming up August 2nd and 3rd on Big Athapap.  The Committee’s Mike Wesner says there’s a change in prizes for their 25th year.  He says they’re guaranteeing prizes from first place right to 25th place so it’ll equal a guaranteed cash prize payout of roughly $21,600 with first place $5,000 second $2,500, third $2000, fourth is $1,500 and fifth $1000. Then it’s roughly $50 dollars or so minus all the way down to 25th place with 25th place being worth $500.
              You can register by calling 204-472-3044 or go to Cranberry Portage Trout Challenge on face book. You can register right up to the start of the tournament at a cost of $150.

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This years forest fire season in the north is below average. Shauna Kortz, a Fire Control Officer says with the amount of precipitation we’ve received it’s helped keep the fires to a bare minimum. Kortz says to be mindful when around fires, and to make sure they are out before leaving the area. If you’re having a backyard fire you’ll need a burning permit. Permits are free of charge, but getting caught without one will cost you. If you spot a fire call the tip line at 1-800-782-0076.

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Big prizes are available for the million dollar hole in one once again this year. Things get started tomorrow at the Halcrow Lake Golf and Country Club. Come to driving range every day to try and get yourself on the top ten leader board. It’s open from 10am-9pm Tuesday to Saturday and then 10am-3pm on Sunday. If you didn’t get in on the early bird deal buckets of 30 balls will cost 20 bucks. Money raised will be going to the golf and curling clubs.

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Project in Power held an unveiling celebration yesterday. The new project took 8 youth and created portraits to represent the 7 sacred teachings. Dale Knutson the Youth Portfolio Councillor with the project said their goal was to motivate and empower the youth of our community. The project will help them become role models around our community. They ranged in age between 13 and 19 years old.

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Clearwater Lakes walk/run marathon to improve our park is this Sunday. It’ will be a busy day at the lake with great weather, pancake breakfast, awards, prizes and a beer garden all to follow to race. They have 5k, 10k and 21km lengths and final registration deadline is tomorrow at 4 o’clock. You can register online at clearwatercottagers.ca, Campers Cove or the Wellness Center. Pledges will go to support the new kitchen at the Clearwater Lake Hall and pledges of over 50 dollars will be entered for a chance to win Calm Air fare for two. Race day check in is 8am at the Clearwater Lake hall.

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There Are Plans to Reopen a Rail Service.
Via Rail Canada will be conducting an inspection on the Hechmer Subdivision today now that the line between Gillam and Churchill has been reopened for freight services by OmniTrax owners of the railway line in northern Manitoba.
Via reports once it has been completed and the rail between Gillam and Churchill is confirmed to meet with their rigorous safety requirements they will resume passenger train service in the area as soon as possible.
Passenger service continues to be offered between Winnipeg and Gillam according to the normal schedule.  No alternate transportation between Gillam and Churchill is being offered.
Any further information required can be found on their website www.viarail.ca or call 1-888-VIA-RAIL.

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Popcorn, cotton candy, games and much more will be available at the Summer Kids Carnival. The Carnival is July 26th in the Roy H Johnston Arena. It’s open from 1pm-5pm and booth tickets will be available at the door. Join in for an afternoon of family fun!

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Preparations are under way for the 3rd annual street festival in The Pas.

 

The event is hosted by The TPCRC who says they still have room for more vendors.

Crystal Morrish, from TPCRC says registrations are available at the visitor information centre and they are excited to have many different vendors and a wide variety of displays.

She says that besides vendors they are planning kids games and activities and a street hockey tournament.


August 16 is the date for this years street festival .

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It's officially less than a month until Opaskwayak Indian Days.

 

One of the highlights of the festival is the Miss Opaskwayak Indian Days Princess competition. The competitors are all aboriginal girls between the ages of 14-18, currently attending or just finishing high school. The competition includes a talent show which factors in to the final results. One of the organizers Jenna Brown encourages support for the girls and the festival as a whole..

 

The 49th annual Opaskwayak Indian days takes place august 11-17 on OCN and this year's theme is "the Year of our sisters in Spirit".

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If you have a front or back yard that you're proud of, this is the weekend to show it off.

"Gallery in the Garden" showcases some of The Pas' nicer floral and vegetable gardens, . If you'd like to register your home to be a part of the  self guided tour, you can pick up a registration form at The Pas regional Library or Framed expressions. You can also email The Pas Arts Council at  pasarts@hotmail.com.

There's two showcases this month, the first is this Saturday July 19th starting at 10 am - rain or shine, with different gardens being featured the following Saturday.
A list of addresses will be available later this week as registration continues,   Along with the front and back yard displays, there will be artwork, baking and craft stands, as well as live musicians playing in the gardens on the tour

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Thomas Mulcair/Nikki Ashton Visit The Pas

Leader of the official opposition and leader of the NDP were in The Pas yesterday for a meet and greet, which was one stop in a tour of Northern Manitoba, in which Tom Mulcair and Nikki Ashton will be looking at infrastructure, housing and transportation issues. 
Mulcair says he wants the North to be heard, and it’s  important to understand the reality of living in the north, like the health and cost of living, environmental, social and other issues.
During the tour they will explore the region and take a look at the core issues that face us in Northern Manitoba

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The Rotary Club of The Pas welcomed our Rotary District Governor to The Pas the past few days.

Pat Chernesky is the District Governor and is responsible for 47 different rotary clubs. She commented on The Club of The Pas, saying they have been an instrumental part of the community.

 

Chernesky  recognized the local club during a presentation she made at their board meeting, part of a tour she is making of Rotary Clubs 55-50,  She traveled up to Thompson last night to meet with the local club there.

 

 

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Between June 11th and 25th individuals entered a HudBay site and a road construction site in Snow Lake.

 

Hundreds of feet of copper wire as well as a number of power and hand tools were stolen from the two sites.   Police continue to investigate.

Anyone with information regarding this or any other criminal activity is asked to contact their local police detachment or Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS.)

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You May notice some browning in your tap water next week. The Town of The Pas will be doing bi-annual Water Line flushing to clean out sand build up in the lines. Chris McTaggert the Assistant Superintendent with the Town of The Pas said they have been working on a few water breaks this week on 3rd street and 17th street as well.

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The Canadian Red Cross is providing aid to those people whose lives have been disrupted by flooding that has devastated parts of western Manitoba and the province’s Interlake region.  For displaced families who have requested help the Red Cross is providing essential care items they may have had to leave behind.  Other recovery assistance may include clean-up material and the replacement of essential personal items destroyed by flood water.  Red Cross volunteers will also work with individuals and families to identify needs and available resources.

             

You can donate by calling toll free 1-800-418-1111 or giving on line at www.redcross.ca/mbflood and earmark the donation for Manitoba floods. Donations for the Red Cross can also be made at any Royal Bank or Scotia Bank branch earmarked either Manitoba flood or Saskatchewan flood appeal.

- See more at: http://www.flinflononline.com/local-news/105733#sthash.jHB4EYla.dpufThe Canadian Red Cross is providing aid to those people whose lives have been disrupted by flooding that has devastated parts of western Manitoba and the province’s Interlake region.  For displaced families who have requested help the Red Cross is providing essential care items they may have had to leave behind.  Other recovery assistance may include clean-up material and the replacement of essential personal items destroyed by flood water.  Red Cross volunteers will also work with individuals and families to identify needs and available resources.

            

You can donate by calling toll free 1-800-418-1111 or giving on line at www.redcross.ca/mbflood and earmark the donation for Manitoba floods. Donations for the Red Cross can also be made at any Royal Bank or Scotia Bank branch earmarked either Manitoba flood or Saskatchewan flood appeal.

The Canadian Red Cross is providing aid to those people whose lives have been disrupted by flooding that has devastated parts of western Manitoba and the province’s Interlake region.  For displaced families who have requested help the Red Cross is providing essential care items they may have had to leave behind.  Other recovery assistance may include clean-up material and the replacement of essential personal items destroyed by flood water.  Red Cross volunteers will also work with individuals and families to identify needs and available resources.

             

You can donate by calling toll free 1-800-418-1111 or giving on line at www.redcross.ca/mbflood and earmark the donation for Manitoba floods. Donations for the Red Cross can also be made at any Royal Bank or Scotia Bank branch earmarked either Manitoba flood or Saskatchewan flood appeal.

- See more at: http://www.flinflononline.com/local-news/105733#sthash.jHB4EYla.dpuf

The Canadian Red Cross is providing aid to those people whose lives have been disrupted by flooding that has devastated parts of western Manitoba and the province’s Interlake region.  For displaced families who have requested help the Red Cross is providing essential care items they may have had to leave behind.  Other recovery assistance may include clean-up material and the replacement of essential personal items destroyed by flood water.  Red Cross volunteers will also work with individuals and families to identify needs and available resources.

             

You can donate by calling toll free 1-800-418-1111 or giving on line at www.redcross.ca/mbflood and earmark the donation for Manitoba floods. Donations for the Red Cross can also be made at any Royal Bank or Scotia Bank branch earmarked either Manitoba flood or Saskatchewan flood appeal.

- See more at: http://www.flinflononline.com/local-news/105733#sthash.jHB4EYla.dpufThe Canadian Red Cross is providing aid to those people whose lives have been disrupted by flooding that has devastated parts of western Manitoba and the province’s Interlake region.  For displaced families who have requested help the Red Cross is providing essential care items they may have had to leave behind.  Other recovery assistance may include clean-up material and the replacement of essential personal items destroyed by flood water.  Red Cross volunteers will also work with individuals and families to identify needs and available resources.

            

You can donate by calling toll free 1-800-418-1111 or giving on line at www.redcross.ca/mbflood and earmark the donation for Manitoba floods. Donations for the Red Cross can also be made at any Royal Bank or Scotia Bank branch earmarked either Manitoba flood or Saskatchewan flood appeal.

The Canadian Red Cross is providing aid to those people whose lives have been disrupted by flooding that has devastated parts of western Manitoba and the province’s Interlake region.  For displaced families who have requested help the Red Cross is providing essential care items they may have had to leave behind.  Other recovery assistance may include clean-up material and the replacement of essential personal items destroyed by flood water.  Red Cross volunteers will also work with individuals and families to identify needs and available resources.

            

You can donate by calling toll free 1-800-418-1111 or giving on line at www.redcross.ca/mbflood and earmark the donation for Manitoba floods. Donations for the Red Cross can also be made at any Royal Bank or Scotia Bank branch earmarked either Manitoba flood or Saskatchewan flood appeal.

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You Can Find Camps for Most Children This Summer.

 

Simon House Bible Camp is one that is now taking registrations for their summer camps.  Director Darrell Janzen says they have several camps for the summer and ages range from 6 to 17 and at these camps they have all kinds of activities, a climbing wall, lots of lake activities and one of their new ones is their stand up paddle boarding as well as archery, crafting, games, all kinds of things for kids and youth of all ages. For more information or to register for their camps you can check their web site at www.simonhouse.ca or call them at 204-472-3025. 

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Team Manitoba is off to the Canada special Olympic Games being held in Vancouver.

 

Steven Dreger, manager of Special Olympics Manitoba says if our team does well, it could mean nationals!

There are two special Olympians from the Norman region. Nadine Colomb has been part of the Special Olympics for 14 years now and takes part in 5 pin bowling, as well as snowshoeing. Peter Dumas is also on the 5 pin bowling team. Special Olympics run until the 12th   with 91 athletes taking part.

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