Hudbay released its 4th quarter 2015 financial results last week. They report a net loss of 255.5 million dollars compared to a net profit of 43.6 million in the 4th quarter of 2014. Higher sales volumes were partially offset by lower prices for all materials and the effect of higher treatment and refining charges. President Alan Hair says changes were made coming into this year. He says to date he says they have identified more than 100 million dollars of spending reduction compared to 2016 estimates while maintaining their production guidance. Hair says operating cost savings have been identified which are expected to reduce 2016 operating and general administrative costs by approximately 55 million dollars. Hair adds he believes Hudbay is positioned to both ride out the current commodity price environment and will be ready to focus on growth when conditions improve.
Manitoba's elections watchdog is investigating whether Eric Robinson, an NDP MLA and the province's aboriginal and northern affairs minister, struck a political deal with the OCN Chief. PC MLA Kelvin Goertzen explained the allegations contained in the letter about the possibility of a deal, if proven to be true, would be a breach of the elections act. As under this act you aren't able to offer anything for support, for voting, or for not voting, in some cases.Goertzen says the PCs asked the elections commissioner’s investigation be complete as soon as possible but admits they didn’t put the commissioner on a specific time frame. NDP MLA Eric Robinson said Thursday, the commissioner's investigation will exonerate him, and that it is indeed a false accusation.
Harley Moore Miss Northland Ford is the 2016 Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival Fur Queen. Moore and her court were named on Saturday afternoon as the Trappers Festival weekend winded down. Serving as first princess for the next year is Mary Sayese- Miss OCN, and second princess Jordan Arnold Miss Clearwater Dental. Congratulations to all 6 girls who ran this year for the prestigious title of Fur Queen.
The first… two, Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival Babies were born last week. Olivia Clark from The Pas gave birth to twins, Alayna Justye Scott and Alyssa Jayde Scott on Wednesday. Cook and her family won a prize package thanks to 9 sponsors or the 2016 Trappers Babies.
Warmer weather and Slippery road conditions have made for slow driving on the highways over the past few days. RCMP responded to an accident on highway 6, 15 kilometers South of PTH 60 involving a semi and a pickup truck yesterday afternoon. The accident happened shortly after 1pm and one person in the pickup truck was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. RCMP continue to investigate possible factors.
This year’s Fur Queen candidates took the stage for speeches, dances, questions and talents Wednesday night. At the end of the night Miss Awards were handed out, voted by the 6 contestants themselves, Miss Inspiration was won by Mary Sayese, Miss Personality, by Nicki Constant and Miss Friendship by Jordan Arnold. The girls showcased their talents which included singing, dancing, fiddling, jingle dancing and offerings and chants for missing and murdered indigenous women.
Day one of the Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival’s World and Manitoba Championship Sled Dog races wrapped up yesterday. 102.9 CJAR’s Mark Andrews was down at the races and has the results. In first place Blayne Streeper, Tommy Bird in second, and Annie Malo in Third. Day 2 of the races starts at 10am
The Fur Queens took the stage yesterday after the Torchlite Parade, , and showed the community their various talents, MC’d by Emma Lees. There was singing, dancing, fiddles, step and jingle dances to offerings and chants for missing and murdered indigenous women. The reigning court took the stage with speeches about their year, and their favorite experiences through the year. Miss awards were awarded at the end of the night, voted by the 6 candidates. Miss Friendship was won by Jordan Arnold, Miss Inspiration by Mary Sayese, and Miss Personality by Nicki Constant.
The Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival kicked off yesterday with opening ceremonies and parade. Town of The Pas Mayor Jim Scott says he’s glad the festival is officially underway. Everyone is in good spirits, the weather is perfect and the attendance is high! Today the World and Manitoba Championship sled dog races begin at 10am. King trapper events begin at 1pm at Fort Whoop It Up. Tonight the Pub Crawl starts at 5, and there’s a family free skate with the OCN Blizzard is from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Roy h Johnston Arena.
With the Festival back in full swing Operation Sled Dog will be active all weekend long. Operation Sled Dog is a designated driving service put on by the MBCI grad class each year. They will be giving rides tonight from 10:30 to midnight, tomorrow and Saturday from 7pm to 2am and Sunday from 1pm to 9pm. All proceeds go to safe grad 2016 and for a ride you can call 204-720-3794.
The RCMP released their crime stats for the month of January. Over the first month of 2016 RCMP in The Town of The Pas responded to 137 incidents of disturbing the peace, 13 of theft and 5 of impaired. In the RM of Kelsey RCMP responded to 2 incidents of disturbing the peace, 2 of theft and 2 of impaired. Those numbers are mostly down compared to December.
The 2016 Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival kicks off today. Most events and competitions don’t get started until tomorrow but the opening ceremonies are taking place this afternoon. The festival will officially be opened at 12:15pm at The Pas Friendship Center. Later today the Torchlight Parade will be held. Floats are asked to start lining up behind the legion from 4 to 5pm with judging held from 5 to 6pm. The parade will then follow at 6pm and will end at Devon Park. It will be followed with free hot chocolate and hot dogs.
Farmers from the Swan River area are hoping to be a strong voice in returning the Canadian Wheat Board to Canadian hands. Last week 50 farmers from the Swan Valley area of Manitoba and Saskatchewan voted unanimously to pass a resolution calling for the re-establishment of the Canadian wheat board, and single-desk selling of grain in Western Canada. According to a study done by the University of Saskatchewan farmers lost about 6.5 billion dollars the past two years. Last year the Harper government transferred the remaining assets of the Wheat Board to a company jointly owned by the government of Saudi Arabia and Bunge, one of the worlds largest private grain traders.
The Kelsey School Division will have a new superintendent and CEO when the 2016/17 school year starts. As of August 2016 Julia McKay will be taking over from Doug Long as the new head of the division. Mckay brings a wealth of administrative and teaching experience to the position. She has held positions as educational assistant, teacher, assistant principal and principal at Kelsey Community School and MBCI. She has also worked in adult education and as a faculty member at UCN Faculty of Education. She is currently working on her master’s degree through the University of Manitoba.
Although Millions of people suffer from Mental Health issues around the world, there is a taboo on the topic that prevents many from getting the help they deserve. Many have found that talking to a good psychologist is often more impactful than taking prescribed medication each day. February is Psychology Month, an awareness campaign that was created to aid those who don’t have the resources available to find help.If you or someone you love needs to talk to someone or needs help finding a Psychologist, they can go to WWW.MPS.COM and click on Find a Psychologist. The most important part of Psychology Month is spreading the word about Mental Health issues, and erasing the stigma that follows it.
Baseball isn’t only a summer sport in The Pas! Each year for the past couple years The Pas Slo-Pitch League has put on an annual Sno Pitch Tournament, for those longing for the summer . The event is held during the Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival. The tournament will take place on Saturday, February 20th at the AG Grounds , starting at noon. The tournament is free to play, and you can sign up as a group, as a team, or by yourself.
Dog Sled Races are a staple event in the Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival, and this year will be no different. The World Championship 10 Dog Race is a 3 day-3 lap 105 Mile Race, running from Thursday-Saturday beginning at 10AM, The 6 dog Jack Mcphail Race takes place at 10:30 Friday and Saturday morning, for 15 miles each day. There is also a 4 dog race, and a Junior race held on Saturday. There is more than 52 thousand dollars in prize money to be won for racers who travel to The Pas from around the world each year to compete.
The Bill Bannock Classic Ice Fishing Derby is back for another year of fun, and great prizes! Pick up a ticket, and you could win up to 25 thousand dollars if you catch the lucky fish. Early Bird and Regular Admission tickets are out now. Prizes include 25 thousand dollars cash for first prize, a 16 foot boat, 20hp motor and trailer for Second, and a Polaris Ranger etx side by side for third place.
The annual General Meeting of The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce will be held tonight. The meeting is open to the public and starts at 7pm in the Rotary Room of the Sam Waller Museum. The meeting is held once a years to make decisions regarding the organization, and inform members of previous and future activities.
With the Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival just a week away lots of new faces will be making their way to The Pas and OCN. The Faces might be new but many of the old favorite events are back for another year. Emma Lees with the Festival says that lots of families participate in the pub crawl each year.The Trappers Festival Pub Crawl is back for the 17th time and will be held on the Thursday of Trappers February 18th. It starts at 5 and will have multiple stops around The Pas. To register for it you can do so February 17th or 18th at Trappers Headquarters in the library.
A Fundraiser will be held on Saturday for local resident Sophia Personius to raise funds for an upcoming trip to Winnipeg for Surgery, which will keep her in Winnipeg for up to 3 weeks. Funds will go towards accommodations, foods and any other expenses that could arise. Personius will be selling hamburgers, with side salad, and desserts for $10 on Saturday, with Drinks costing an extra $1. To make an order you can reach Sophia by text or phone at 620-9528 or by contacting her directly on Facebook.
If you have a child between the ages of 12 and 17 that would like to become more involved in this years Trappers Festival, sign them up for the JR Queen or King Trapper. The competition will test skill levels in various events such as Nail Driving, Trap Setting, Log Throw and more. All entries must be in at the Trappers Festival Headquarters by February 18th at 6PM. For more information on the events, call Linda at 623-6030 for Jr Queen, or Doug for Jr King events at 623-5724.
The Smoked Fish & Cured Meat Contest is back again this year, and the prizes are even better this year. Enter into the Smoked Sausage, Smoked Fish or Jerky/Wild Meats and Best Presentation Category, and you can take home up to 250 dollars. The Contest will take place on the Saturday of Trappers, from 11 to noon, when the judging will begin. Entry fee’s are only $5 dollars per category and can be brought to the Friendship centre, from now until Friday, February 19th. For more information you can reach Sonny at 620-1704.
The event of the year is fast approaching, and The Pas Friendship Centre wants to get youth into the spirit of the Trappers Festival on Wednesday with a night of Jigging, goose and moose calling, and Ice Worm making. The events will take place from 6:30-8:30PM, open to youth ages 7 and up, and held at 81 Edwards Avenue, in the backdoor entrance. Only 20 spots are available, to register your children call Sean at 627-7504 or by email at email@example.com.
The Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals received a final offer on a new contract from the provincial government last Friday. The bargaining committee agreed to present this final offer to members for ratification. Dates have now been set for information meetings and voting with meetings being held in the north from February 10th to 12th. The bargaining committee is not recommending either acceptance or rejection of this offer. The offer cancelled the strike set to begin at midnight last Sunday but union members did set up an information picket line near the Hospital last week.
The Month of February every year is known as Heart Month. The Heart and Stoke Foundation conducts their annual door to door canvassing throughout the month. Amber Meszaros the Community Engagement Manager with the foundation says they still need canvassers in The Pas. You can contact Meszaros, if you're interested in helping canvass at 204-571-4080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids and youth of all ages can look forward to the 2016 Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival. This year the Trappers Festival youth board, is hosting a street festival. It will be held from 1-3pm on Edwards Avenue in front of Home Hardware. It will be held on Friday February 19th. There will be games, obstacle course and much more for the kids.
This year’s Northern Manitoba Trappers festival brings back the annual Talent and Stage show for another year. The talent show takes place on the Friday of Trappers February 19th. It will be held at 7pm at MBCI. Doors open up early at 6:15pm for registration but you can also pre-register at Northland Ford. There’s prize money available to winners including $1,250 in cash, $500 for first place. Age categories are 12 and under, 13 to 17 and 18 and up. Competitors and children under 5 get in for free but tickets are $10 each.
The Pas Fire Department had their hands full Monday night will a small apartment fire. The fire department responded to an Apartment Complex fire on Cathedral Ave shortly after 7pm after a mattress caught fire. According to fire chief Greg Zimmerman, the fire damage was limited to one unit in the apartment complex, but the smoke damage covered the third floor, and the water damage covered the basement to third floor, affecting the units right below the fire.
The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce is holding their Annual General Meeting tonight. The meeting will be held to make decisions regarding the organization, and inform members of previous and future activities. It starts at 7pm and will be held in the Rotary Room of the Sam Waller Museum. It is open to the public.
The home Routes Concert series is back in 2016 with this month’s concert this week. The series of concerts took a break over the holiday season and is back tomorrow evening with a talented singer. Coco Love Alcorn will be performing at the Sam Waller Museum and you can get your tickets today. They are available at the Sam Waller Museum from 1-5pm, they will also be available at the door. Show starts at 7:30 and they ask you use the side door of the museum for entrance.
It’s almost time to put your artistic thinking caps on as the Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival’s 2016 Decorating, Snow and Ice Sculpture competition is coming up. Judging begins on February 18th and you must have registered by February 18th at noon at Trappers Headquarters. This year the judges want to see your sculptures decorated and built using the theme nothing routine in 2016. Prizes are available.
Many familiar events will be back for this year’s Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival. Lots of new faces come to The Pas and OCN for the festival every year, but the favorite events remain the same. The annual Pub Crawl will be taking place for the 17th year and will be held on the Thursday of Trappers February 18th. To register for it you can do so February 17th at Trappers Headquarters in the library. The pub crawl will have many stops along the way and starts at 5pm.