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The Pas Local News Archives for 2015-07


Firefighters from OCN and across the province will be competing this weekend in the Manitoba First Nations Firefighters Competition.  Ivan Hart Keewatin Fire and Emergency Services Director says it’s a pretty competitive competition. The competition takes place in Thompson and six firefighters from OCN will make up one team competing. The winning team will be sent to Rama, Ontario for the national championships.

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Tomorrow is the last day the Christ Church will be taking donations for Northern Saskatchewan forest fire victims. All items will be sent to victims of the Montreal Lake area. They will be collecting until tomorrow and would love to fill the trailer they’ve started. They’re looking for all kinds of items to be sent to the Prince Albert Grand Council. The donations will then be sent to northern Saskatchewan and dispersed throughout the needed communities. You can phone the church before hand to make sure there is someone available to receive your donations at 204-623-2119.

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Manitoba Conservation reports rain throughout most of the province has reduced the fire danger level in most parts of the province.  They report says wildfire crews continue with suppression operations on larger wildfires in the Davidson Lake, Harding Lake, Sherridon, Pukatwagan and Snow Lake areas. The fire ban has been lifted for the northwest region of the province. There are 10 active fires in the northwest region with 82 fires reported to date with almost 24 thousand hectares burned.  48 fires are active in the northeast region with 184 fires to date and just over 15 thousand hectares burned.

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Suicide is prevalent in our community and thanks to a few organizations and groups the numbers are on the decline. Georgina Constant with the Awareness and Prevention of Suicide Committee says the annual bike ride is back in early august and they’re looking for donations. Registration for the ride will start at 9:30am at the GLMC with the ride to begin at 10:45am. The ride will follow the highway to the Saskatchewan border and then back through town with a BBQ to be held after. Last year over 200 people took part in the bike ride.

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You might have seen donation buckets set up across The Pas and OCN the last few days. The reasoning for the buckets was to raise money for two young babies who were born premature at 1 pound and 1 pound 2 ounces. Nicole and Nova were born on July 11th 16 weeks premature and continue to need help from the community. So far our community has responded with over $750 donated. For more information or to make a donation personally you can contact Bernadette at 204-620-2144. The next step will be to open a bank account for donations.

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The OCN House of Prayer Presents a Christian Youth Rally that begins tonight. The youth rally will wrap up on Sunday. It’s for all ages from all across the province and they even have youth from Saskatchewan attending. Speakers from the United States will be in attendance and will talk on topics such as Bullying, Violence, Self Loathing and Hopelessness. They will be running workshops throughout the rally and it will be held at the Big Eddy Youth Centre.

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An awareness walk for missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls will take place this afternoon. The walk will start at the church of the redeemer at noon and will end at the Kikiwak Inn at 3:30pm. The walk will be held to raise awareness of all the cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls. Across Canada over 200 cases of missing and murdered women remain unsolved. British Columbia has the highest number of unsolved incidents, at 65. Alberta is second with 51 cases, followed by Manitoba with 46 and Saskatchewan with 29.

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The Wise Kid Netic Energy camp is once again traveling across the province. This week the camp is currently taking place in OCN but next week it’s coming to The Pas. The camp will run from Monday to Friday next week out of the Ecole Opasquia School. Some of the Camp theme days include Agriculture and Chemistry. WISE Kid-Netic Energy is the largest community outreach program offered by the University of Manitoba. The camp is for ages 9 to 12 and to register you child visit their website at wisekidneticenergy.ca.

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For families expecting a baby in the near future there’s a prenatal class starting next week. The Opaskwayak Health Authority along with The Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program and the maternal Child Health Program will be hosting the class on July 28th from 1:30 to 3pm. It will be held at the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre. To register just call the OHA at 204-627-7410. 

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Tonight is the night you can help support the forest fire victims in Northern Saskatchewan. There will be a benefit concert held tonight with some big name northern Manitoba bands.
All donations will be accepted including cash donations and household items. The concert is at 6pm at the GLMC. Bands that will be performing include the Dee Arron Band, Your Mom’s New Boyfriend and Rhonda Head. Thousands of people from Northern Saskatchewan have been affected by forest fires and have been displaced. 

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Some local babies just born in The Pas are in need of your help. Nicole and Nova were born on July 11th, 16 weeks premature at just 1 pound, and 1 pound 2 ounces. Donation boxes have been set up around the community in A and W buckets at 102.9 CJAR, The Aseneskak Casino, Kikiwak Inn, Grub Box, IGA, Sound innovations, A and W, OCN Shell, The Liquor Store, and Fatboys who have already made a donation. The family is expecting an extended stay in Winnipeg and need donations. For more information or to make a donation personally you can contact Bernadette at 204-620-2144.

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The best golfers from The Pas and area took shots this week at $1,000,000. The Annual Million Dollar Hole in One wrapped up on Sunday. Shawn Crank from the Halcrow Lake Golf and Country Club was glad to see it such a success. Money raised from the hole in one will be split between the Halcrow Lake Golf and Country Club and The Pas Curling Clubs, totals will come later in the week.  The three semi-finalists who each got to shoot for $1,000,000 were Armand Pitre, Jeff Reiben and Howard Constant.

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The Christ Anglican Church is looking for items to send to forest fire victims in northern Saskatchewan. Right now the church has a quarter semi load full but are looking to fill it by the end of the month. All donations can be taken to the Christ Anglican Church, they ask you call them first at 204-623-2119. Some items that can be donated include pots, pans, dish wear, bed sheets and clothing.

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The Beatrice Wilson Health Centre would like to help teach kids their way around the kitchen. They will be offering free classes to kids ages 5-11 starting this afternoon. The classes will be held from 1-3pm every Monday and Wednesday from today until August 17th. Kids in the Kitchen was initiated by Dieticians from First Nations & Inuit Health Branch, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Manitoba Milk producers, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority & the Youville Centre. Kids will learn easy healthy recipes, play games that promote healthy living, receive hands on experience with adult supervision, learn basic food safety and food preparation, and obtain a Kids in the Kitchen Cooking Club Certificate. For more information or to register call Carla Constant at 204-627-7454

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The 25th Annual Guy Hill Gathering is right around the corner. The annual gathering takes place during the weekend of July 31st to August 3rd. There are numerous events including camping, traditional ceremonies, presentations, traditional feast, sweat lodges, cultural healing and spiritual renewal. The gathering will take place at the Guy Hill Grounds at Clearwater Lake. Presenters include Gordon Ratt, Nellie Ironquill and Thomson Highway. IRS Support workers will be available daily and for more information you can contact Edwin Jebb at 204-627-1540. 

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Northern Manitobans once again have a drive in movie theatre they can attend in the summer. The Big Island Drive In Theatre just outside Flin Flon at the south end of Big Island Lake opens for the summer tonight.  New owner Dawn Hlady says they have a new camera and have done some upgrades to the concession building in preparation for the opening.  She says they’ve given it a bit of a face lift, done some painting and a bit of remodeling on the inside, cleaned it up a bit, patched some floors, given it a kind of old theatre feel again, cleaned up some of the yard and they have gone digital which is keeping drive ins alive. The first movie of the season is Jurassic World playing at 10:30PM

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A 23 year old male has been charged with second degree murder. Earl Peter Lathlin was originally charged with aggravated assault after a 62-year-old male was found with critical injuries at a residence at Crossing Bay. The 62-year old male later died in hospital of his injuries and Lathlin was re arrested and charged with second degree murder. Moose Lake RCMP responded to the call on July 3rd. Lathlin will appear in The Pas court on Monday. The two males were known to each other and both are from the community, which is located 100 kilometers from The Pas. 

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Nelson House RCMP are looking for assistance in locating a missing person. On June 16th RCMP received a report of a missing person. They are now asking for assistance in locating 28 year old Travis Morgan Wood. He is an Aboriginal male, approximately 5 8' with a slim build, black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call the Nelson House RCMP at 204-484-2837, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477. 

 

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This year’s annual Canada Day Truck pull was a success once again. This was the 2nd annual truck pull hosted by Northland Ford. Keith Jaeger, Northland Ford Sales Manager said it’s something they will continue to host in the future. This years winning team was The Leftovers with second place going to players from the OCN Blizzard. Prize money was donated to the leftovers baseball team and the homeless shelter.

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The Manitoba Youth Job Centre wants to work with homeowners in The Pas and area. If you need a helping hand with babysitting, painting, lawn mowing, yard work, cleaning or much more the Youth Job Centre wants to help. The job centre has students and youth ages 12-29 registered and qualified in many areas. The best part of the service is that it is entirely free and if you would like to hire a student you can call Bobbie at 204-627-8133 or drop by the office Monday to Friday.

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Wednesday was Canada’s 148th birthday. People across Canada celebrated the big day including here in The Pas. Krista Tooley the Community Facilitator with The Pas Community Renewal Corporation says the parade and whole celebration was a big success. Tuesday night Canada Day was kicked off with Fireworks just after midnight. After the parade Wednesday there was a flag rising and the Kinsmen Club of The Pas held a bbq.

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The Opasquia Agricultural Society held a bunch of events over the Canada Day Holiday. Congratulations to all the winners including Justin Klym who won the Strongman competition and to Kerry Huculak who won the Strongwoman competition. Grant Buchanan took home the prize for the Horse verse Horsepower 50/50 and to Kerry Uffleman who won the ATV 50/50.

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102.9 CJAR’s annual Million Dollar Hole in One is almost here. Next week the best golfers from The Pas and area will take their shot at the million dollar prize. All regular play takes place at the driving range at the Halcrow Lake Golf and Country Club from Tuesday to Saturday in which participants hit the balls they purchased and try to get as close as they can to the pin. Top 10 at the end of each day will win a daily prize and qualify for the semi finals. Semi finals take place on the golf course Sunday where each qualifier from regular play receives 3 balls for each day they qualify. Should one or all of the qualifiers get a hole in one with any of their 3 balls they would win huge prizes valued from $6,000 to $30,000. Following the semi’s the top 3 qualifiers will get one more crack each at the million dollar shot. Money raised from the million dollar hole in one is split between the Halcrow Lake Golf and Country Club and The Pas Curling Club.

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Parents, youth and wanna-be anglers everywhere are invited to experience Canada’s amazing outdoors! National fishing week starts on Saturday. Sarah the Multimedia Correspondent with catchfishing.com says it’s a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. With over 1 million lakes, rivers and streams plus three oceans, Canada boasts one of the most diverse natural environments on the planet. Fishing offers Canadians an opportunity to experience our vast landscape. Whether you’re seeking a little serenity, a getaway with family, or a heart-pounding adventure on the water, fishing offers it all.

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