Impasse at colleges continues

Sept 6 11

The director of the Kenora campus of Confederation College, Rick Moore, is asking for staff and students to take care, when they approach picket lines.

The strike by support workers is in its second week, as they fight against the movement towards more part-time jobs with less benefits.

The College Employers Council have said the number of full-time positions has actually increased over the last three years. The council has continued to make their position public by posting both bargaining positions on their web site. No talks have been scheduled since the strike began September 1.

Bouchard at Beaver Brae

Sept 6 11

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolDavid Bouchard

Popular children’s author David Bouchard will be the special guest at Beaver Brae tonight. The Metis author, poet and storyteller will be speaking from 7 to 9 tonight. He’ll also be at Lakewood School tomorrow morning, before moving on to Ojibway Heritage School on Shoal Lake 40 in the afternoon.

Closed door session in Dryden

Sept 6 11

Dryden council has scheduled a special meeting for tomorrow evening. However, it’s a closed-door session, and the subject hasn’t been disclosed.

Conservatives back to class

Sept 6 11

With students back to class across the province, Opposition leader Tim Hudak is promising to bring back fall report cards, allow teachers more room for discipline and ensure more spending on children rather than administration.

Tuition cuts overdue, NDP

Sept 6 11

After the Liberals announced a 30 per cent reduction in tuition fees over the weekend, the NDP shot back saying the government will simply erase recent increases. Over the last five years, Sam Pane says the average undergraduate tuition has increased almost $1,500 from $4,880 to $6,300 a year.

Jets jerseys revealed

Sept 6 11

The Jets unveiled their new jersey this morning at 17 Wing in Winnipeg. They’ll go on sale later today.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolNew jersey on sale today

Lester vs. Jays tonight

Sept 6 11

Red Sox ace Jon Lester will be looking for his 10th career win against the Jays, as he heads to the mound at the Rogers Centre tonight. He’ll be facing rookie Luis Perez 3-2, who’s looking to bounce back after he got shelled in Baltimore.

Wur leads with offense

Sept 6 11

At Sioux Lookout, left-winger Brett Wur’s off to a quick start for the Flyers, as he scored a pair of game-winners in their home-and-home series against the Dryden Ice Dogs last week. Wur, who’ll be 20 this year, was mainly known for his rough play last year, when he had 78 penalty minutes in 40 games last year. However, he’s already got 4 points in two pre-season games compared with just 13 all last season.

Thistles finalize roster

Sept 6 11

Kenora’s midget AAA Thistles will be making some final roster decisions this week, following a second round of tryouts over the weekend. With lots of returning talent, Coach Doug Novak is looking to continue building the program.

Focus on football

Sept 6 11

Meanwhile, football fans will have a full weekend. The NFL starts off this weekend with a full slate of games, as does the local high school schedule, but both the Broncos and Eagles start their season on the road. Beaver Brae is at Steinbach while Dryden’s at Elmwood Friday. On Sunday afternoon, the Bombers will of course be hosting the Roughriders, in the second half of their home-and-home series. It begins at 3 p.m.

Mayor, MP help open Discovery Centre

Sept 6 11

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolMayor Dave Canfield with MP Greg Rickford

Kenora MP Greg Rickford and Mayor Dave Canfield were put to work over a hot barbecue, as they helped open the new Discovery Centre on the west highway. Rickford says the new tourism information centre is just one part of a bigger picture.

He adds there are delays on the twinning of the Trans-Canada, as negotiations with First Nations continue.

Numbers up at tourism office

Sept 6 11

Meanwhile, the city’s tourism officer Heather Paterson says they’ve seen a significant increase in traffic this season, as well as a wide variety of visitors.

The city’s new showcase at the Harbourfront is scheduled for its official opening next week, as Blue Rodeo comes to town Sept. 16 to open the new tent.

Liberals announce election platform

Sept 6 11

In other news, Ontario’s Liberal government made a series of announcements, as the fall election campaign gets underway.

The McGuinty government says they’ll help the Domtar mill in Dryden reduce energy costs by 2 cents per kilowatt-hour, in an effort to help them become more competitive.

They’ve also offered support from the Northern Highways Program to help pay for highway work near Dryden and Sioux Lookout. In recent years, the government has also done extensive roadwork in the Kenora area along the bypass, as well as the east and west entrances.

As they released their platform over the weekend, the Liberals also pledged a 15 per cent home renovation credit to help seniors stay in their homes, along with a 30 per cent reduction in tuition fees for post-secondary students.

A recent Nanos poll showed the race tightening with just a four point gap between the leading Conservatives at 35 per cent of decided voters and Liberals at 31 per cent, while the loss of federal leader Jack Layton may have helped boost NDP support to 22 per cent, its highest in over a decade.

Weather helps fight fires

Sept 6 11

Rain over the weekend helped further reduce the number of wildfires burning in the northwest. As of Sunday, there were 28 active fires burning in the Northwest Region affecting a total of 470,516 hectares of forest. This is down from more than 100 burning close to 600,000 hectares a month ago. The number of out-of-province firefighters is now down to just 60 from over 2,000 at the season’s peak.

Goldeyes season over

Sept 6 11

It’s all over for the Goldeyes, as they lost 5-4 to the Saints in St. Paul yesterday afternoon. A throwing error in the bottom of the ninth cost them the series, as they fell 3 games to two. The Fish had bright hopes after clinching their division, and getting some individual honours. Rick Forney was voted manager of the year, while rookie of the year went to Price Kendall.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolFish lose to Saints in St. Paul

Less swagger in Swaggerville

Sept 6 11

As they return from Regina, the Bombers have a little less swagger than usual, following a 27-7 drubbing at Mosaic Field. The Blue and Gold get a shot at redemption this Sunday, when they play the rematch at CanadInn Stadium. A reminder that you can listen live on Q104 starting at 3 p.m.

Lawrie leads Jays past Sox

Sept 6 11

Meanwhile, Canadian Brett Lawrie is making headlines again, as this clip from Sportsnet shows.

Lawrie’s eighth homer of the season came at the Roger’s Centre in the bottom of the 11th against the Red Sox in a 1-0 victory. Their series against Boston continues tonight with Luis Perez 3-2 facing Jon Lester 14-6.

Flyers sweep Ice Dogs

Sept 6 11

In the SIJHL, the surprising Sioux Lookout Flyers completed the sweep of their home-and-home series against Dryden with a 5-4 win at home Friday night. Brett Wur had two points on the night, including the winner, and four points on the series to lead the Flyers. The Flyers now play a home-and-home against Ft. Frances this weekend, before welcoming the defending champs from Wisconsin in their home opener Friday, Sept. 16.

Treaty 3 wants to prevent floods

Sept 2 11

Treaty 3 Grand Chief Diane Kelly says she’s trying to protect traditional lands from more flooding, by filing for a judicial review.

The Grand Council’s application comes just days after a Superior Court ruling, which imposed limits on the province’s ability to issue logging permits within the Whiskey Jack Forest.

Colleges release offer to union

Sept 2 11

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolColleges release offer to unions

The Council of College Employers have released terms of their offer to support workers, as the strike completed its first day. The offer included a wage increase of 4.8 per cent over three years, which they say would increase the average pay to $59,000 a year. There were also more options for health insurance and hours of work, according to the council.

Striking workers have said the main issue is the creation of part-time jobs with less benefits and pension supports, at the expense of full-time jobs.

Rickford talks about Pikangikum

Sept 2 11

Kenora MP Greg Rickford says the federal government is ready to work with Pikangikum members, as they deal with youth suicides. He noted they’re continuing to work on a feasibility study for a new school, and they’re awaiting the final details for connecting the community to the province’s power grid.

The First Nation school burned four years ago, and Ottawa has been working with the community on the power grid for more than a decade. More than $40 million was promised to help infrastructure in 2007. A letter from the community says they’ve lost 5 youth in about 6 weeks.

Goldeyes beat Saints in 10

Sept 2 11

In sports, the Winnipeg Goldeyes had the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th, when Wes Long came to the plate. His single up the middle scored the winning run in a 3-2 victory.

Long, who hit 81 RBI’s during the regular season, said all the pressure was on the pitcher, as he stepped to the plate.

Manager Rick Forney says he was pleased with his team’s resilience.

Both teams go at it again tonight at Shaw Park, as their best of 5 division series continues.

Lawrie leads Jays over O’s

Sept 2 11

In the majors, rookie Brett Lawrie hit his seventh round-tripper as the Jays beat the Orioles 8-6 at Camden Yards last night. Lawrie’s now hitting .340 with 20 RBI’s in just 26 games.

Wolfe leads Flyers over Ice Dogs

Sept 2 11

Anthony Wolfe had a three-point night, as the Flyers upset the Ice Dogs last night at the Dog Pound 5-3. Tom Greene had a pair for Dryden. The pair meet again tonight at the Memorial Arena. Start time is 7:30.

Broncos upset Eagles at home

Sept 2 11

At McMaster Field, John Lee, Allen Hansen and Joseph Lee each scored a touchdown, while Braiden Lieschow added the conversion, as the Beaver Brae Broncos downed the Eagles in pre-season play.

Banjo Bowl Sunday

Sept 2 11

Finally, a reminder of the Banjo Bowl on Sunday. That’s the 7-1 Bombers hosting the 1-7 Roughriders on Sunday afternoon, and you can listen live on Q104 starting at 3 p.m.

Support workers on strike

Sept 1 11

College support workers hit the picket line across Ontario this morning. At the Lake of the Woods campus, picket captain Brenda Chambers-Ivey talks about the situation.

Classes aren’t scheduled to begin for Confederation students until next week, and management has said they will continue, despite the walkout.

Treaty 3 files for review

Sept 1 11

Grand Council Treaty 3 have filed for a judicial review of hydro electric operations at Kenora, Norman and Ft. Frances. Grand Chief Diane Kelly says the province didn’t meet their duty to consult and accommodate First Nations. The move follows a Superior Court decision last month, which said the province didn’t have the right to unilaterally issue logging permits within Treaty 3’s traditional lands.

Provincial election starts

Sept 1 11

As the fall provincial election campaign gets underway, the Liberal government has pledged more support for health care and education. Earlier today, the Northwest Local Health Integration Network says they’re investing $2 million to hire nurses, as part of their telehealth program.

Liberals pledge education investment

Sept 1 11

Meanwhile, Education Minister Leona Dombrowsky was pledging they would extend the summer literacy programs for elementary students to schools across Ontario. These short refresher courses are currently offered on a voluntary basis to Grades 1 to 3 students, in an effort to support skills development.

Charges laid for home invasion, speeder

Sept 1 11

The OPP have been busy over the last few days. Officers from the Dryden detachment made an arrest related to a home invasion in Wabigoon, then impounded a vehicle after the driver was clocked at 143 km/hr. Officers from the Kenora detachment also helped locate the body of a missing Florida man, who drowned on the Lake of the Woods over the weekend.

Fine laid after fire

Sept 1 11

Finally, a southern Ontario resident has been fined $3,800 after he was found guilty of causing a fire on the Parmeter Road in Kenora last May. Matthew Major left the fire unattended for 90 minutes, and found firefighters on site when he returned. He will have to pay the $3,500 bill for extinguishing the fire.

College prepares for strike

Sept 1 11

The manager of the Lake of the Woods Campus, Rick Moore, says their doors are open today. He noted classes don’t begin until next week, and they’ll do their best to cope, if the strike is still on at that time.

The deadline for a deal between support workers and college managers across the province was midnight last night.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolSupport workers on strike

Labour talks in Sioux Lookout

Sept 1 11

Sioux Lookout council held a special closed meeting last night, in order to discuss negotiations with their employees.

Youth suicides in Pikangikum

Sept 1 11

Pikangikum member Gordon Peters is asking for outside help, as the community again deals with youth suicides. In his letter, Peters says they’ve lost five members most of them in their teens, within 44 days. He cited a lack of clean water, housing and jobs — factors also highlighted during the last crisis in 2006.

NDP bill to cost $700 million, Rickford

Sept 1 11

Kenora MP Greg Rickford is objecting to a private members bill that would allow seniors — who have immigrated to the country within the last 10 years — to collect Old Age Security. Rickford says the NDP bill would cost the country $700 million. The House of Commons is set to resume Sept. 19

Cadets welcome newcomers

Sept 1 11

If you missed mass registration at the rec centre last night, but you’d still like to enroll your kids in some fun activities, you might check out the Kenora Lions 645 Squadron Air Cadet program. Capt. Philippe Lambert talks about what’s involved.

Those interested in learning more about flying, maybe even getting their pilot’s licence, can call the Armouries at 468-4384, or simply attend on Wednesday evenings between 6:15 and 9:15 p.m. Those interested in learning more about the army cadets and infantry life can also call the Armouries, for more information.

Meet Dryden’s new police chief

Aug 31 11

Dryden’s new police chief Rob Davis met briefly with reporters this morning. As he settles into his new job, Davis says his priorities will include traffic control, drug enforcement and public safety.

Davis noted these are often the top priorities in most communities across the country, when residents are surveyed.

The new chief, who grew up in Six Nations, also touched on a sensitive topic that came through in a recent community survey.

He said he wasn’t expecting the subject of racism to come up, and he hoped to talk with outgoing chief Shayne MacKinnon, in order to get his views.

Davis also emphasized he’s looking forward to working with staff and the community on implementing the service’s new business plan, which was developed based on the survey results.

Gravelle encouraged by investments

Aug 31 11

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolMichael Gravelle

Ontario’s minister responsible for forestry, Michael Gravelle, says recent decisions by Abitibi-Bowater to invest in the northwest is the sign of a turn-around in the industry.

The minister saw it as a sign the board of directors is having more confidence in the sector.

In recent months, Gravelle said the company has invested more than $100 million in Ignace, Iroquois Falls and Thunder Bay with promises of more to come.

Strike deadline looms for colleges

Aug 31 11

Deadline for reaching a deal with college support workers is midnight tonight, and both sides are still talking. Should the workers go out on strike, Confederation College president Jim Madder has said classes would continue.

Traffic delays in Sioux Lookout

Aug 31 11

Public works staff in Sioux Lookout are warning motorists about minor disruptions in the community through the month of September, as work is done on the CN line. Chief Administrative Officer Mary MacKenzie says the delays will be intermittent and short, adding work should be done by Sept. 30.

Goldeyes vs. Saints

Aug 31 11

In sports, the Winnipeg Goldeyes will face-off against the St. Paul Saints in their Northern League playoff series. St. Paul secured their berth with a win on the last day of the season. Tickets for tomorrow and Friday night’s games at Shaw Park are already on sale.

CFL recognizes Lobendahn

Aug 31 11

Bombers linebacker Joe Lobendahn has been named the Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. Lobendahn recorded seven tackles in his team’s 30-27 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and also forced a key fumble that helped prevent a Ti-Cat touchdown.

Jays stumble in Baltimore

Aug 31 11

In the American League, Brett Lawrie hit his sixth home run of the year, only to watch reliever Brian Tallet walk in the winning run in the 10th inning, as the Jays lost to the Orioles 6-5 in extra innings, as reliever .

Slo-pitch update

Aug 31 11

In Kenora ladies slo-pitch, the Trashers beat Shoal Lake last night in their A-side final. There’s a triple-header on tonight, as the Blades take on Roen’s at 6:30 at Central, then the Steelers take on Kroppy’s at 7 at the rec centre, followed by Northern Harbour at Black Sturgeon at 8:30.

And congratulations to the Astros, who took the men’s league title this year, after they beat the Centuries.

Fire Marshall’s office called in

Aug 31 11

Investigators from the Ontario Fire Marshall’s Office will be working with the OPP as well as Kenora’s Fire and Emergency Services, as the investigation continues into yesterday morning’s fire. Chief Warren Brinkman talks about the damage done to the house.

There were 10 tenants in the building early yesterday morning, and all of them got out safely.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolInvestigators called in

Search continues for boater

Aug 31 11

The OPP are also continuing their search for a Florida resident, who went missing on Lake of the Woods over the weekend. Officers say it appears his boat may have drifted away while he was on shore, and he attempted to swim after it. Marine units from Kenora were joined by the underwater search and rescue unit yesterday.

NDP would help recovery

Aug 31 11

NDP candidate Sarah Campbell says the troubled forest industry is recovering, following yesterday’s announcement by Abitibi about the re-opening of their sawmill in Ignace. Campbell says her party’s policies can help reduc e energy costs for industry and ensure a full rebound for forestry.

OPP release traffic stats

Aug 31 11

As the long weekend approaches, the OPP has released statistics on collisions for 2010. While the total the number of accidents increased, the number of fatalities and injuries was down. Last year, officers investigated close to 45,000 collisions that resulted in 192 fatalities and just over 9,000 injuries.

Mass registration tonight

Aug 31 11

Finally, tonight’s the last night to sign up at mass registration in Kenora. Recreation programmer Megan Derouard says they have more than 40 groups represented from minor hockey to hip hop and therapeutic riding.

Renegades camp set

Aug 31 11

In sports, the Jr. B Renegades are getting ready for training camps Sept. 10 and 11. They’ll be held at the arena in Eagle Lake, along with their home games. Spokesman Larry Lundy says they’re looking forward to their inaugural season.

The cost for attending the training camp is $50. For more information, you can call Jaymie Barker at (807) 755-2454 or 529-4426.

Thistles need billets

Aug 31 11

Meanwhile, Kenora’s Midget AAA Thistles are looking for billets for the upcoming season. Those interested can call Sheelagh Reid 467-2681. The midgets also have ice time this weekend, when they hope to finalize their roster.

Try-outs begin at DHS

Aug 31 11

At Dryden High School, try-outs for girl’s basketball and boy’s volleyball teams start today. See the signs posted in the student square for the times.

Jays camp in Winnipeg

Aug 31 11

Finally, Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar has joined Jays alumni Duane Ward, Jesse Barfield, Homer Bush, Darren Hall and Sandy Alomar at Winnipeg’s Shaw Park this week for the Blue Jays’ Super Camp tour. Through the camp, more than 150 kids have received hands-on instruction in the fundamentals of pitching, hitting, bunting, infield and outfield play.

Fire in Kenora

Aug 30 11

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolExtensive damage from Lakeside fire

Three tenants of a rooming house in Kenora are looking for a new place to live today, after a fire overnight on Third St. S. Fire chief Warren Brinkman says they had water on the building within six minutes, but he says damage is extensive making the site uninhabitable. Fortunately, Brinkman emphasized there were no serious injuries reported, due to smoke alarms.

Firefighters returned to the scene around noon, after some hot spots were reported, but they were soon extinguished.

The scene remains secure, pending the arrival of investigators from the Fire Marshall’s office.

Brinkman noted the alarms were still sounding, when they were cleaning up the site, which was music to his ears. If it wasn’t for smoke alarms, Brinkman said they would’ve had three fatalities within a month.

On Aug. 7, they responded to a residence where a 10 year-old rescued an infant from their crib, after hearing the smoke alarm. He added firefighters will be going door-to-door in Norman this week, as their Alarm for Life prevention efforts continue.

He added the fine for not having a working smoke alarm is $235.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolA view from the rear

Fatal crash near Sioux Lookout

Aug 30 11

Sioux Lookout OPP are reporting a fatal plane crash. On August 29th 2011 at approximately 4 p.m., officers responded to a crash south of the chutes on Abram Lake. It was in the water south of the chutes near Reese Island, and the plane had been occupied by a single person and a dog. The OPP, MNR, Sioux Lookout Fire Services and Ambulance attended the scene. The pilot was transported to hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. A post mortem examination has been scheduled for Tuesday August 30th in Kenora. The pilot was identified as a Minnesota man from Sunfish Lake. This incident is currently under investigation by the OPP and transport Canada.

Mayor leads Ride for Memories

Aug 30 11

And the totals are in from last weekend’s Ride for Memories. Lynn Moffat is the executive director for the Alzheimer’s Society in Kenora and Rainy River Districts, and she talks about the event.

For the record, Mayor Dave Canfield was registered as the top fundraiser with more than $3,000 collected.

Bombers make roster changes for Sunday

Aug 30 11

In sports, The Bombers made some roster moves today. They signed offensive lineman Justin Sorensen , but released fullback Scott McHenry. While Sorensen was born in South Carolina, he was eligible for the Canadian draft and played every game for the B.C. Lions over the last two years. McHenry was also listed as a non-import player.

Jays visit Orioles

Aug 30 11

The Jays are off to Baltimore tonight, after they broke a four-game losing streak last night against Tampa. Jose Bautista and Adam Lind each homered in a 7-3 victory over the Rays. Ricky Romero got his sixth-straight win, but Toronto was still just 2-5 in their last seven at the Rogers Centre. Brett Cecil 4-7 will start for the Jays tonight at Camden Yards, while Jeremy Guthrie 6-16 gets the start for the Orioles.

Goldeyes finish with Pheasants

Aug 30 11

The Goldeyes, meanwhile, play their last game of the regular season tonight in Sioux Falls. Since the Fish have already clinched their division title, it’ll be a tune-up for the playoffs. Wichita, Gary and St. Paul are all within a game of each other heading into the final day of the season, so the Fish will likely be doing their share of scoreboard watching, in order to find out their next opponent. Playoff tickets for Thursday and Friday night’s games in Winnipeg are already on sale.

Ladies slo-pitch

Aug 30 11

In Kenora ladies slo-pitch, it was Kroppy’s defeated Print Gear 19-17 in the C-side playdowns.

Fatal plane crash near Sioux Lookout

Aug 30 11

Sioux Lookout OPP are reporting a fatal plane crash. On August 29th 2011 at approximately 4 p.m., officers responded to a crash south of the chutes on Abram Lake. It was in the water south of the chutes near Reese Island, and the plane had one occupant. The OPP, MNR, Sioux Lookout Fire Services and Ambulance attended the scene. The pilot was transported to hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. A post mortem examination has been scheduled for Tuesday August 30th in Kenora. The pilot was identified as a Minnesota man from Sunfish Lake. This incident is currently under investigation by the OPP and transport Canada.

Dryden slo-pitch tournament results

Aug 29 11

This year’s edition had a total of 20 teams participating and the results are as follows:

In the A Side Final BLACK ACES defeated DIAMOND SHREDDIES 10-8, the JOCKS & JILLS defeated THE DUMPBEARS 12-11 to take the B-side, while ST. AUBIN SAW SHOP defeated GOT THE RUNS 12-7 in the C-side final.

Union warns of college strike

Aug 29 11

A spokesman for the Ontario Public Service Employees Union Greg Hamara says a press release issued by management has altered the tone of talks with support workers at community colleges. Hamara said the release was meant to go over the heads of union representatives, and it’s left him less than optimistic. Unless a deal is reached within 72 hours, Hamara said support staff at Confederation College campuses across Kenora District could walk off the job September 1.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolCollege support workers could strike

New help for seniors

Aug 29 11

The North West Local Health Integration Network is investing $1.23 million to enhance services for seniors, who exhibit behaviours associated with mental health problems. It’s part of the province’s $40 million initiative to help hire new staff, including nurses, personal support workers and other health care providers.

More support for parents from health units

Aug 29 11

The Northwestern Health Unit has also announced a new program. Their “Life Plan” is meant to encourage men and women to consider healthier choices, when preparing for parenthood. These would include a eating well, maintaining a healthy weight and regular physical activity. It also tells you what to look for in your family history that may affect future children.

Kenora Catholic unveils new logo

Aug 29 11

The Kenora Catholic District School Board has unveiled their new logo. Using the Christian cross as the backdrop, the design also incorporates elements of nature. It will be used on all of the board’s facilities and correspondence.

Bombers @ Lakewood School

Morrow struggles for Jays

Aug 29 11

In sports, Brandon Morrow’s struggles during the month of August continued with another disappointing outing on Sunday afternoon. He allowed five runs in the first two frames while David Price struck out a franchise record 14 batters in the Blue Jays’ 12-0 loss on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre. Ricky Romero will try and change their luck, as the Jay meet the Rays again tonight in Toronto.

Myrow Fish favourite

Aug 29 11

Brian Myrow was awarded with the Rogers Player of the Year Award tonight, as voted by the fans. In 95 games, Myrow is hitting .320 with 10 home runs and 67 RBI. He returned to Winnipeg this season after starting this career with the Goldeyes in 1999. The voting was conducted throughout the season by text messaging and online voting at Goldeyes.com.

Bombers mourn Hildahl

Aug 29 11

The Winnipeg Football Club is mournging the sudden passing of former Chairman, Ken Hildahl, who passed away suddenly on Friday. Blue Bomber President Jim Bell described Hildahl as a truly dedicated and committed individual who poured his heart and sole into this organization. “This is another major loss for our organization and a very sad day for everybody involved with the Winnipeg Football Club,” Bell said in a statement released late last week. Hildahl spent 10 years on the Blue Bombers’ Board of Directors including five years as the Board Chair.

Future police chief commended

Aug 29 11

Dryden’s future police chief is wrapping up his duties in style at the Six Nations Police. According to the Brantford Expositor, Insp. Rob Davis arrested five suspects using only his commanding voice, during a traffic stop Saturday. The report noted many illegal weapons were also seized.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolNew chief mentioned in dispatches

False alarm charge laid

Aug 29 11

Closer to home, Dryden police observed a woman at the Timberland Motel pull the fire alarm Saturday then run off. The suspect was located a short time later and charged with causing a false fire alarm.

Food Network visits V’Bay

Aug 29 11

Vermilion Bay residents have a chance to be on TV, as Busters Barbeque will be featured in the upcoming season of “You’ve Gotta Eat Here.” It’ll be hosted by John Catucci — a two-time winner of the Canadian comedian of the year award — and filming is set for Thursday.

Water line modified at Whitefish

Aug 29 11

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada has agreed to work with Whitefish Bay First Nation and contractors on the community’s $7 million water servicing project. In a statement released Friday, the department said elders and band council are in the best position to determine where the line should go, adding modifications to the project’s plans have been made. Community members held several meetings last week, as they were concerned about the proximity of the work to sacred sites and burial grounds.

School registration still open

Aug 29 11

Finally, if you haven’t registered your child for school just yet, there’s still time. You can visit the office and sign them up. You can also contact the Northwestern Ontario Student Services Consortium, if you need information on busing them to school. The consortium’s toll-free number is 866-860-7770 or you’ll find them at nwobus.ca

Jets sign Jimmy Roy

Aug 29 11

Jimmy Roy, former member of the Manitoba Moose, has been hired in the role of Director of Player Development. Roy played nine seasons with the Moose in both the IHL and AHL. He is the franchise’s all-time leader in games played (603), goals (102), and penalty minutes (1,434).

Goldeyes clinch division

Aug 29 11

After winning the division title Friday, the Goldeyes will play the first two games of their best-of-five Division Series at Shaw Park later this week. Their opponent will either be the Gary SouthShore RailCats or the St. Paul Saints. Also on the weekend, Goldeyes manager Rick Forney was selected Manager of the Year, by his peers and media representatives. Forney, 39, has been at the helm of the Goldeyes since 2006. Next week he will lead Winnipeg into the playoffs for the fifth time in his six seasons as manager.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolRick Forney, manager of the year

Banjo Bowl Sunday

Aug 29 11

And, the Bombers also notched an important win Friday, albeit in a rollercoaster manner. Now 7-1, the Blue & Gold remain alone in first place in the league, as get ready for their arch-rivals from Saskatchewan 1-7. Of course the Riders can salvage their season in the eyes of many, with a win in the Banjo Bowl, which goes Sunday afternoon at CanadInn Stadium. Of course, it’s already sold-out, but you can catch all the action live on Q104.

School bus info

Aug 26 11

The school year begins Tuesday, and parents with last-minute questions about school bus routes or schedules should call the Northwestern Ontario Student Services Consortium. Their toll-free number is 1-866-860-7770. Information on bus routes can also be found on the consortium’s web site at nwobus.ca

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolCall 1-866-860-7770 for route information

Bimose helps First Nations

Aug 26 11

At the Bimose Tribal Council, they’re hoping to train 36 First Nation members over the next 2 years, so they can help improve water quality in their communities. Scott Schelske talks about how the program works to reduce training costs, by having First Nation instructors trained to teach their members.

Schelske added injections of capital will also be needed, in order to bring water quality in some communities up to provincial standards.

Dream job contest at DHS

Aug 26 11

Dryden High School is working with Scotiabank to get Grade 9 students thinking early about their dream jobs. Every week for six weeks, participants will be asked to submit a photo with a 25-word description of their favourite occupation. On-line voters can help choose three winners each week, with the grand prize a trip to Ottawa. More information is available through the DHS web site.

Powwow trail in Wash Bay, Shoal Lake

Aug 26 11

Followers of the Treaty 3 powwow trail have their choice this weekend. There’s celebrations at both Shoal Lake 39 and Washagamis Bay. Warm-ups start Friday evening with grand entries set for 1 and 7 on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Bombers host Tabbies tonight

Aug 26 11

In sports, the Bombers face the Tabbies tonight at CanadInn Stadium, centre Obby Khan talks about the importance of momentum, noting both teams are on win streaks.

Coach Paul LaPolice says they’re ready for Hamilton, who have won four of their last five.

Don’t forget to listen live on Q104 starting at 7 p.m.

Goldeyes beat RedHawks

Aug 26 11

On the same day it was learned the Goldeyes had clinched at least a wild card spot in the American Association playoffs, the Fish went out and beat the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 9-6.

After the game, catcher Luis Alen and infielder Wes Long were named co-winners of the team’s player of the year award, Alen went out and hit a two-run homer to lead the Goldeyes to their 57th win of the season. After tonight’s game, the Fish move on to visit the Sioux Falls Pheasants over the weekend to close out the season.

Slo-pitch update

Aug 26 11

Northern Harbour defeated the Bimose Angels to advance to the semi-finals. Roen beat kts 11-10 to advance to the B-side semi-finals against the Blades Black Sturgeon beat Trashers to advance to the A-side semi-finals against Northern Harbour

Public servants fight cuts

Aug 25 11

Public servants across the province are questioning the government’s choices. Spokesman Greg Hamara from the Ontario Public Service Employees Union says Queen’s Park is cutting 1,900 positions by next spring and another 3,400 the following year. At the same time, he says the government’s offering tax cuts.

Bombers @ Lakewood School

OPP collect hockey gear

Aug 25 11

Over the next two weeks, OPP officers across the North are helping hockey players get ready for the season. Staff Sgt. Dan Peters says they’re collecting equipment at local Source for Sports stores in six communities, as well as local detachments, so it can be distributed to those in need this fall.

Pitch-in year-round in Sioux Lookout

Aug 25 11

Sioux Lookout residents have been so encouraged by their pitch-in campaign, they want to do it year-round. Volunteers can register and get their kits — which include gloves and garbage bags — through the municipal office, recreation centre or public works building.

Ring of Fire office opens

Aug 25 11

Finally, the province has opened their Ring of Fire office in Thunder Bay. The development has the potential to become one of the world’s largest discoveries of chromite, and the only one in North America.

Bombers host Ti-Cats

Aug 25 11

In sports, the 6-1 Bombers are set to host the 4-3 Ti-Cats tonight at CanadInn Stadium, and quarterback Buck Pierce is getting ready to turn it up a notch.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolTake on Ti-Cats tonight

The only other game on the schedule this weekend has the Alouettes visiting the Stampeders tomorrow night in Calgary.

Goldeye playoff tickets for sale

Aug 25 11

In baseball, the Goldeyes will start selling playoff tickets this morning. Even though management wasn’t sure yesterday what spot they’d end up in, or when the games would be played, they planned on selling tickets at 9 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Over the weekend, the Fish finish up their regular season by travelling to Sioux Falls for a four-game set against the Pheasants.

Jays host Rays

Aug 25 11

And the Jays host the Rays tonight at the Rogers Centre, as they start a four-game series. Henderson Alvarez 0-1 is expected to get his third start for Toronto, while James Shields 11-10 will likely get the call for Tampa.

Strike deadline nears at colleges

Aug 25 11

College support workers across the province are nearing a strike deadline, as they look to protect full-time jobs and benefits. Greg Hamara from the Ontario Public Service Employees Union talks about the situation.

The College Employer Council is negotiating on behalf of members, including Confederation College. They say they’re reviewing 55 proposals from the union, which would add $215 million over three years, which the council feels isn’t affordable.

Still, talks are scheduled to continue until the deadline. If no settlement is reached, support workers could walk off the job Sept. 1.

More drugs seized on Trans-Canada

Aug 25 11

In the early morning hours of August 25th, 2011 Kenora OPP detachment members stopped an Eastbound tractor trailer unit on Highway 17 West. While police were dealing with the driver they noted the odour of marihuana in the vehicle. The driver was arrested and the vehicle was searched resulting in the seizure of a half a pound of marihuana and a large amount of Canadian currency with a total street value of approximately $20,000.

Storm systems help firefighters

Aug 25 11

Storm systems in the Northwest Region have helped reduce the fire hazard to low in most parts. However, heavy lightning was also recorded with these storm systems, so there may be new fires in the coming days. Overall, the number of support from outside the province is down to 172 from more t han 2,000 a month ago.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolLightning storm over northwest region

Schools welcome new students

Aug 25 11

Finally, a reminder that school starts on Tuesday. Families wishing to register students, can still meet with staff from the Keewatin-Patricia, Northwest Catholic or Kenora Catholic district school board this week.

Goldeyes magic number: 2

Aug 25 11

In sports, The Winnipeg Goldeyes pushed their magic number down to two to clinch a playoff spot with a 7-4 win over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks before 6,679 spectators in downtown Winnipeg. The Goldeyes remain four games up on the St. Paul Saints for first place in the North Division with seven games remaining in the regular season.

Long ball beats Royals

Aug 25 11

The Jays are looking to win their 10th consecutive series against the Royals, as they play the rubber match tonight at the Rogers Centre. Toronto used the long ball to beat KC 4-3 last night, with Canadian rookie Brett Lawrie and league-leader Jose Bautista leading the way. So far in his debut, Lawrie’s hitting .400 with runners in scoring position.

Ti-Cats look to silence fans

Aug 25 11

Hamilton quarterback Kevin Glenn’s looking to take some of the swagger out of the Bomber defence, as the Ti-Cats head to CanadInn Stadium for tomorrow night’s match-up. Glenn says he’ll be looking to get them moving and put points on the board early, in an effort to silence the crowd. Game time on Q104 is 7 p.m.

Slo-pitch update

Aug 25 11

In ladies slo-pitch, Kenora Truck Service beat the Crushers 18-11. The rematch goes tonight as their best of three playoff continues.

Attempted murder charged laid

Aug 25 11

A 29 year-old Schreiber woman has been charged with attempted murder and failing to comply with her probation, following an altercation in the community late last week. OPP officers attended the scene, where a male had received non-life-threatening injuries. The woman remains in custody, pending her court date in Thunder Bay later today.

Housing numbers incomplete

Aug 25 11

While the number of housing vacancies in the city of Kenora seems to be improving, Nan Normand from the Northwest Community Legal Clinic says the numbers aren’t showing the full picture. She says she gets three to five complaints a month, where the hydro costs are higher than the rent, which leads to vacancies.

The latest Canada Mortgage and Housing figures show vacancy rates have improved from zero to about three per cent over the last two years.

Meetings continue at Whitefish Bay

Aug 25 11

Whitefish Bay residents remain concerned about construction work being done near sacred sites and burial grounds in their community. They’ve petitioned Aboriginal Affairs, in an effort to get the work stopped and work plans changed. While staff at the department are studying the issue, there’s been no response yet.

Dryden water quality advisory

Aug 25 11

Barry Hardy at public works in Dryden offers some words of advice to home owners, as the city goes about their semi-annual hydrant cleaning process.

Hardy expects the cleaning will be done in about six weeks.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolWater quality advisory

Cruisin’ for a cause

Aug 25 11

The third annual cruisin’ for a cause begins this morning. A&W; customers can help in the fight against MS through purchases at outlets across the country. Over the last two years, the event has raised more than $1 million.

Goldeyes host RedHawks

Aug 25 11

In sports, the Goldeyes are getting ready for the third game of their four-game set against Fargo tonight. Fish infielder Wes Long talks about the home field advantage.

Jays welcome new infielder

Aug 25 11

Meanwhile, the Jays are expecting their new acquisition Kelly Johnson, as they host the Royals for the final game of their three-game set. They’ve also called up outfielder Darin Mastroianni from triple-A Las Vegas, where he hit .273 with 25 extra-base hits.

Seats added for Bomber games

Aug 25 11

Bomber fans can still get a seat for the Banjo Bowl on the Labour Day weekend, as the team added 1,000 temporary seats. Friday’s game against the Ti-Cats is already sold out. Again, you can listen live tomorrow night on Q104. Start time is 7 p.m.

Billets needed for Ice Dogs

Aug 25 11

And billets are still needed for the Ice Dogs, as they get ready for training camp. Both Dryden and the Sioux Lookout Flyers will be on the ice this weekend, as the season approaches.

Ecstasy tablets seized

Aug 24 11

Two Winnipeg men are facing drug charges following a vehicle stop on the Trans-Canada near Kenora. While dealing with a routine traffic stop, police found marijuana and just over 1,000 ecstasy tablets in the vehicle with a street value of approximately $20,000.

Kenora housing update

Aug 24 11

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has released their latest vacancy rates for the Kenora market. Overall, they found there were just 8 apartments available of the 360 they studied. While the average rent for a one-bedroom unit dropped $17 from $618 to $601 a month.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolVacancy rates released

Kenora recycles e-waste

Aug 24 11

Pierre Prim of the Ontario Electronics Stewardship says they’re lobbying governments, so they can increase the number of year-round collection sites in Northern Ontario.

Last summer, Kenora residents dropped off close to 16 metric tonnes of electronic waste, during the stewardship’s visit. This was second only to Thunder Bay among the 29 northern communities they visited.

UN supports IJC on the Red

Aug 24 11

A United Nations report studying the protection of river basins has also encouraged the involvement of the International Joint Commission to help regulate waters in the Red River Basin. An IJC task force recently recommended the Canadian and American governments cooperate on water quality issues for the Lake of the Woods watershed, which flows into the Red River Basin at Lake Winnipeg.

Bombers @ Lakewood School

Auditions for Anne

Aug 24 11

Tomorrow night is the last night for auditions for TryLight Theatre’s fall production of Anne of Green Gables. They’re looking for 12 people ages 12 and up, and the auditions go from 7 until 9. For more information you can look up trylight.ca

Dramatic win for Jets

Aug 24 11

At the rec centre in Kenora, it was the Jets vs. the Aces for the men’s ball hockey final. The Jets scored with just 1.6 sec on the clock to tie the game to send it into overtime. Then they scored 4 minutes into the extra frame to defeat the Aces and claim the league’s first title.

Ageless Stathopoulos leads Centuries

Aug 24 11

Meanwhile, over at the Tom Nabb soccer complex, Dino Stathopoulos paced the Centuries with a pair of first-half goals for a 2-0 win over the Gunners. The MVP was also handed out to teammate Nate Goss.

Juventus over Flyers in Dryden

Aug 24 11

In Dryden, after an awesome battle the Skene Transfer Juventus pulled away from the Sioux Flyers in a 5-1 to take the senior men’s title.

Slo-pitch update

Aug 24 11

There are also some late slo-pitch scores from last night. From the Kenora ladies’ league, Kroppy’s shattered the Pro Auto Glass defence for an easy win.

In Dryden’s men’s league action, Treasury Metals gave the Misfits a Time-Out, the Dusters defeated The Jets 23-15 and Weiers Electric blanked Sons Of Pitches 7-0.

Aug 24 11

Mayor Canfield confirmed his support for fellow council member Rod McKay yesterday. The mill manager was chosen as the Progressive Conservative candidate for the riding in the fall election.

District Service Board director Sarah Campbell is running for the NDP and Emo councillor Anthony Leek is representing the Liberals. Voting Day is Oct. 6.

Canfield encouraged by conference

Aug 24 11

As he makes his way back from Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference in Toronto, Canfield says he’s satisfied with the progress they made in Toronto this week, where he feels the city’s received a commitment from the province to revisit financing for bridge repairs.

The city was used as the worst example of how municipalites have an unfair burden. In his speech to delegates, the president of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, Peter Hume, said it would take $6,000 for every resident of Kenora to pay for the upkeep of their 18 structures.

Early figure skating registration

Aug 24 11

Even though it’s been 30 degrees out, you might want to think about early registration for the Kenora Figure Skating ends tonight, if you want to avoid the rush of mass registration night at the end of the month.

Traffic stop results in drug seizures

Aug 24 11

Rainy River District OPP conducted a routine traffic stop of a vehicle at the 400 block of Kings Highway in Fort Frances. The vehicle stop revealed that the male driver from Manitoba was prohibited from driving and was currently serving a court order stemming from other criminal offences. Subsequently, officers continued their investigation into the matter and located over twenty four pounds of marihuana inside the vehicle. Both the male driver and female passenger were arrested, the vehicle was seized and both individuals were transported to Fort Frances OPP Detachment. Twenty four pounds of marihuana is estimated to have a street value of over $60,000.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolMarijuana seized in Rainy River

CEP scholarship awarded

Aug 24 11

Colton VanBastelaere of Wabigoon, Ontario has won a $2,000 scholarship from the union of Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union. He’ll be attending the Automotive programme at Confederation College this Fall. His mother’s a member of Local 324 at Revera Home Health Care Services.

Kenora recycles tonnes of waste

Aug 24 11

Kenora residents recycled close to 16 tonnes of electronic waste this summer. That’s according to the Ontario Electronic Stewardship, who said the city was one of 29 northern Ontario communities that took part in the tour. They now accepts 44 types of electronics at approved collection sites.

Bombers add seats

Aug 24 11

In sports, the Winnipeg Football Club has announced that another 250 temporary seats have been added for Friday’s home game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. That brings the total and maximum amount of temporary seats to 500.

Christmas in August

Aug 24 11

The Goldeyes are bringing Christmas four months early. The first 2,000 fans in attendance Thursday will receive a special commemorative Goldeyes, Manitoba Hydro and Santa Claus Parade baseball ornament. There will be holiday songs and festivities throughout the game as well. Their last home game of the regular season is Friday, and the playoffs are set for early September.

Jays trade infielders

Aug 24 11

And late yesterday, the Jays announced a trade with the Arizone Diamondbacks. Toronto sent free-agent infielders Aaron Hill and John McDonald to the D-backs in exchange for second baseman Kelly Johnson. Hill was hitting .225 with 45 RBIs this year, and McDonald had a .250 average with 20 RBI’s. However, both were entering free-agency at the end of the season. Johnson’s batting just .209, but he’s got power, as we hear in the clip from Sportsnet.

So far this year, he’s got 18 home runs and 49 RBI’s for Arizona. Later tonight, the Jays continue to host the Royals in game two of their three-game series.

Lac Seul signs mining protocol

Aug. 23 11

Chief Clifford Bull of the Lac Seul First Nation and John A. Pollock — President and CEO of Newstrike Resources — are pleased to announce that they have signed a negotiation protocol related to the Horseshoe Lake property. Topics to be addressed in negotiations will include employment, training, and business opportunities, as well as financial contributions.

Safe passage for Open Roads students

Aug 23 11

Open Roads School in Dryden is ensuring the safety of students as they return to school by putting in a special walkway. It will allow children to enter the new facility, while nearby contractors are taking down the former Riverview site.

Condolence book for Jack

Aug 23 11

The Kenora NDP riding association is inviting the public to sign a book of condolence for the family of Jack Layton. There will be pictures of his visits to Kenora, and visitors are welcome to sign the book at the Metis Centre or deliver a card. The book and cards will be forwarded to Layton’s wife and family. Donations made in his honour will be delivered to the Kenora Fellowship Centre.

Hudak visits mayors

Aug 23 11

As he addressed mayors and council members from across the province, Conservative leader Tim Hudak said he would give every municipality a share of provincial gas tax revenue and expanding the program to include roads and bridges and public transit. Under the Liberals, he said only 1-in-5 northern municipalities receive gas tax revenue, because he only gives it to those with a transit system. He would also repeal the Far North Act.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolPC leader Tim Hudak

Horwath pledges help for cities

Aug 23 11

Ontario’s New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath promised to work with municipal leaders on a three-year $70-million plan to help municipalities with road and bridge repairs, evenly split the operating expenses for municipal transit and continue with the upload of social assistance and court security costs.

Goldeyes face Fargo

Aug 23 11

In sports, the Winnipeg Goldeyes face red-hot Fargo tonight at Shaw Park, as they close out the regular season. The RedHawks have won 9 of their last 11, while the Fish are in the hunt to clinch their division title. Luis Villareal 6-3 will go for the Goldeyes against Trevor Longfellow 1-1.

Morrow faces Royals

Aug 23 11

The Jays are hoping for another strong start from Brandon Morrow, as he takes to the mound against the Royals tonight at the Rogers Centre. Morrow had a highlight-reel performance in his last outing against Seattle, where he struck out 12 over six innings, as he mixed an overpowering fastball with breaking balls to keep the Mariners off-balance. Morrow 9-7 will be facing Bruce Chen 8-5.

Men’s ball hockey

Aug 23 11

In Kenora Men’s Ball Hockey action last night the Jets beat the Aces to tie the best of three series at a game a piece. Championship comes down to one game winner take all tonight at the Rec Centre starting at 8p.m.

Ladies slo-pitch

Aug 23 11

In Kenora ladies slo-pitch, Black Sturgeon beat the Angels 23-14 and Northern Harbour defeated Riverview Wildfire 19-6, while My place Martini’s rolled over the Blades and Roen’s crushed the Crushers .

Premier makes his case before mayors

Aug 23 11

Premier Dalton McGuinty says Ontario now has stronger, healthier and safer communities thanks to a solid partnership between the province and its municipalities. He was addressing the annual conference for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario yesterday, where he outlined improvements in funding. Since the Liberals were elected in 2003, he said they’ve taken over 50 per cent of land ambulance costs, $1.5 billion in disability payments and spent $65 billion on infrastructure projects.

Opposition leader Tim Hudak and New Democrat leader Andrea Horwath are scheduled to speak later today. Another important topic up for discussion is bridges, which have been a sore point for municipal councillors in Kenora.

OPP anti-rackets charges laid

Aug 23 11

The OPP have laid 188 charges in connection with an anti-rackets investigation in Northern Ontario. They included 34 in Kenora related to the use of unlicensed security guards. A person convicted can face a maximum fine of $25,000. The highest number of charges was in Thunder Bay, where 105 were laid.

Change is coming, advocates

Aug 23 11

Advocates at Making Kenora Home are saying change in their community is real, and they’ve got a survey to prove it. Nan Normand, who has helped lead the group for its five years, talks about their findings.

The survey was done by distributing 100 questionnaires to citizens groups, ranging from the homeless to high-income earners in Kenora.

Fish host RedHawks

Aug 23 11

In sports, the Goldeyes host Fargo tonight at Shaw Park, as they try to clinch first-place in the north division. The Fish are 54-38 on the year four games ahead of St. Paul, while Fargo’s 41-51, 13 games back of St. Paul.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolFish host Fargo

Bombers sign three new players

Aug 23 11

As they get ready for Friday’s game against Hamilton, the Bombers have signed three new players. Running back Chris Garrett’s back after playing five games in Winnipeg as a punt returner last season. Receiver Thomas White spent time with the Baltimore Raves in 2009, before making his way to the CFL, while defensive back Daryl Townsend played in Windsor and Saskatchewan, before landing in Winnipeg.

Broncos get pleasant surprises

Aug 23 11

Broncos head coach Chris Penner says they’ve had some pleasant surprises, as the football team started training camp this week. While they’ve had 17 players graduate and leave some important holes on offence, Penner noted they’ve had some new people step up to fill those roles.

The Broncos are getting ready for their first exhibition game next week against the Dryden Eagles.

NDP mourn Layton’s loss

Aug 22 11

NDP supporters across the country are mourning the loss of federal leader Jack Layton this morning. Kenora candidate Tania Cameron took a moment to share her memories.

Cameron remembered how Layton, as he was taking the stage at the party convention in Vancouver, recognized her and gave her a big hug.

Riding association vice-president Marlene Elder remembers her first impressions, as she travelled the district with Jack Layton.

She remembered how he was such a quick study, and he understood the needs of communities.

Layton was 61

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolJack Layton remembered

McKay takes Conservative nomination

Aug 22 11

Kenora city councillor Rod McKay is your nominee to represent the Progressive Conservatives in Kenora-Rainy River riding this fall. He defeated fellow council member Louis Roussin, following Saturday’s vote count. McKay, who’s also the mill manager for the idled Kenora Forest Products mill, will face the NDP’s Sarah Campbell and Liberal Anthony Leek on voting Day Oct. 6.

Following the selection, Tory leader Tim Hudak praised McKay, noting Northern Ontario has closed 60 mills and lost 45,000 jobs under Liberal governments, during the forestry crisis. The Opposition Leader hopes to create jobs and put mills back to work by reducing taxes and red tape.

Grand chief praises trappers

Aug 22 11

Treaty 3 Grand Chief Diane Kelly attended the Grassy Narrows powwow Saturday night, where she praised trappers for their courage in defending the treaty and winning an important court battle. J.B. Fobister, who had fought for more than 10 years through the courts, hoped the Superior Court decision would make life better for his children and grandchildren. The decision supported the trappers in opposing the province’s unilateral right to issue logging permits in their traditional lands. However, the 300-page ruling leaves a resolution to the impasse in the Whiskey Jack to a future decision.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolTrappers honoured in Grassy Narrows

Wildfire update

Aug 22 11

Despite the rain over the weekend, there are still 80 wildfires burning on just over 600,000 hectares of land. While the fire hazard has been reduced to moderate across the region, the public is urged to remain vigilant with any outdoor fires in light of the recent rainfall.

Walk for drug awareness begins

Aug 22 11

A 21 year-old Bearskin Lake member, Lyle Fox, is beginning his walk from Pelican Falls High School near Sioux Lookout to Dennis Franklin Cromarty School in Thunder Bay this morning, as he draws attention to the prescription drug problem in his community. He’s gathered the support of leaders from Nishnawbe Aski Nation, the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council and the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority.

Goldeyes split in Lincoln

Aug 22 11

In sports, the Winnipeg Goldeyes split in Lincoln over the weekend. After losing the opener, they beat the Saltdogs 4-3 in 14 innings Saturday, but came up short in a 2-1 decision last night. Still, the win combined with a St. Paul loss, so the magic number for the Fish is down to four. That’s to say a combination of Winnipeg wins or Saints losses equalling four means they clinch the division. They return to Shaw Field Tuesday for their last home stand of the season: a four-game set against Fargo.

Richards debut Oct. 7

Aug 22 11

Meanwhile, Mike Richards will make his debut in a Kings uniform on TSN Oct. 7, as the network has decided to broadcast the exhibition match from Stockholm Sweden. For those setting their watches, it starts at noon.

Flyers open in Vancouver

Aug 22 11

Fittingly enough, the Flyers make their debut on the tube in Canada against the Canucks the day before, Oct. 6, but Dryden’s Chris Pronger isn’t expected to make the roster, due to his ongoing rehab from back and hand surgery.

Jets fans, of course, will be able to watch live, as Winnipeg hosts the Habs the following Sunday, Oct. 9.

Slo-pitch update

Aug 22 11

In Dryden Men’s Slo-Pitch, Weiers Electric Whipper Snappers dusted off the Dusters 20-10 for The Dusters, while the Screaming Chinchillas gave the Misfits a Time-out, as they beat them 38-24 in a scorer’s nightmare.

Conservatives to choose nominee

Aug 19 11

Progressive Conservatives will vote for their nominee tomorrow. They’ll choose between Kenora councillors Rod McKay and Louis Roussin. The winner will take on the NDP’s Sarah Campbell of Oxdrift and Liberal nominee Anthony Leek of Emo. The fall provincial election is Oct. 6.

MNR cautions dog owners about wolves

Aug 19 11

The MNR’s Bruce Ranta is advising dog owners to keep their pets under close control, as wolves go looking for food in the face of a declining deer population.

As a rural home owner himself, he keeps his dog on a leash, at heel or in a kennel to avoid problems with predators.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolWolves may target dogs

Steps to deal with aggressive deer

Aug 19 11

He added the ministry continues to work with the City of Kenora and the OPP on ways to protect residents from aggressive deer, noting a pamphlet called Get Deer was recently released to offer tips to concerned residents.

Bearwise calls up

Aug 19 11

The Bear-wise program is also in place, as the berry crop is poor this fall due to the hot, dry weather and late frosts. For more information on Bear-wise call 1-866-514-2327.

IJC hearings tomorrow

Aug 19 11

Don’t forget the hearings on Lake of the Woods water quality hosted by the International Joint Commission. They’ll take place tomorrow morning at 9 at the Best Western in Kenora.

Powwow at Grassy this weekend

Aug 19 11

And on the powwow trail this weekend, dancers and drummers should find their way to the arbour at Grassy Narrows for their 28th annual traditional gathering.

Jays blank A’s

Aug 19 11

In sports, Ricky Romero pitched a three-hit shutout as the Jays shutout the A’s 7-0 in Oakland last night. Their three-game series continues tonight at 10.

Goldeyes in Lincoln

Aug 19 11

Meanwhile, the Goldeyes are in Lincoln, Nebraska, for a weekend series. They return to Shaw Field Tuesday.

Bombers bye week

Aug 19 11

The Bombers are idle this week, but host the Ti-Cats next Friday at CanadInns Stadium.

Devils win in Dryden

Aug 19 11

It was a wild finish in the Ladies Fastball finals tonight as the A & W Devils outslugged the Thompson Paintshop Angels by a score of 23 to 15 to win the championship 2 games to 1. Angela Mason lead the barrage with 2 homeruns while Jaime Fenton blasted a single homer. Michelle Andrusco was the winning pitcher, combining with Keri Donais who was the game one winner!

Most Improved Player was Tina Bisignano, while Melissa Kamm was chosen MVP. Both played for DMTS.

Kenora slo-pitch update

Aug 19 11

In Kenora, Kroppy’s defeated Steelers with a score of 21-19, while My place rolled over Roen’s.

Ball hockey update

Aug 19 11

In Casey’s Men’s Ball Hockey action last night the finals are set as the Aces beat High Havarti to advance and the Jets got by the Gold Diggers.

Murder case continues in Kenora

Aug 19 11

Pre-trial hearings are set for Superior Court Kenora in September, in connection with the murder of Ed Wilson. The Kenora man was found dead near the Tower Motel in March 2009, and a pair of local suspects were charged with second degree murder in connection with the case. Ken Ivall, 42, and Angela Duchesne, 26, are set to answer the charges. According to Canadian law, they’re presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. The suspects remain in custody, pending the outcome of their legal proceedings. No date has yet been set for the trial.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolPre-trial hearings next month

SIU called in after Longlac incident

Aug 19 11

The province’s Special Investigations Unit has been called in to investigate an incident between the OPP and a couple in Longlac earlier today. According to the mandate for the SIU, they’re to be called in, anytime a person is seriously injured while in police custody. For their part, the OPP in their media release described the injury to the woman as minor.

National Chief calls for mutual respect

Aug 19 11

National Chief Shawn Atleo of the Assembly of First Nations welcomed the Superior Court ruling in favour of trappers at Grassy Narrows, and he offered his ongoing support to the community. In a press release issued yesterday, Atleo said he hoped the court’s decision would lead to a better relationship with the Crown, which was based more on mutual respect.

MNR, iLevel reserve comment

Aug 19 11

Representatives from the MNR, representing the province, have reserved comment pending their review of the ruling, which is more than 300 pages in length. When informed of the recent decision that may impact logging in the Whiskey Jack, representatives for iLevel in Kenora have also said they will take the time to read the judgment, before commenting.

New relationship begins, OPG

Aug 19 11

Joe Hile of Ontario Power Generation took time from his trip to Wabaseemoong First Nation yesterday, so he could talk about the utility’s agreement with the province and the community.

Hile noted it was part of an overall strategy to help mend fences with First Nations.

Weekend schedule: IJC hearings, expo

Aug 19 11

If you’re out and about this weekend, don’t forget the hearings for water quality in Kenora at the Best Western tomorrow morning at 9, or the Lake of the Woods District Hospital Expo on Sunday afternoon, also at the hotel.

First rider program at PJP

Aug 19 11

Finally, Pope John Paul II is offering a first riders program Saturday morning. It’s meant to help first-time bus riders an opportunity to ride a school bus, before the first day of school. It starts at 9:30 at PJP in Kenora.

In sports, as they head into the bye week, Bombers quarterback reflects on their third-quarter success.

He noted they’re making good adjustments at the half, but they’d still like to get a better start.

In the CFL tonight, it’s B.C. at Edmonton. The Blue and Gold play again next Friday, when they host the Ti-Cats.

Goldeyes in Lincoln

Aug 19 11

Meanwhile, the Goldeyes are in Lincoln for a three-game set against the Salt Dogs. They’re in the middle of the pack in the Central Division at 46-42 on the year. The Fish return home Tuesday for a four-game set against Fargo, before finishing the regular season with a four-game set in Sioux Falls.

Jets on TV

Aug 19 11

Jets fans will get a chance to watch their favourite team in their home-opener against Montreal, even if they don’t have a ticket. The game is part of the broadcast schedule for Hockey Night in Canada, which also includes a total of 22 Winnipeg games. The Jets will also be part of the Kraft Hockeyville game against the Senators Sept. 26. The team’s also negotiating with TSN for the rights to their remaining games.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolSeason opener on TV

Missing swimmer found

Aug 18 11

The OPP’s Underwater Search and Recovery Unit have recovered the body of a Winnipeg man, who was reported missing over the weekend. Lucas Janz went for a swim early Sunday morning and didn’t return. He was found in Shoal Lake not far from the camp on Galt Island, where the group had been staying. A post-mortem examination is expected to be done today in Kenora.

B.C. driver, 77, charged with possession

Aug 18 11

In Dryden, the OPP have laid possession charges against a 77 year-old B.C. man, after he was pulled over during a traffic stop. He was stopped on the Trans-Canada in Wainwright Township last week with about $6,000 worth of contraband.

Sioux Lookout settles with feds

Aug 18 11

Sioux Lookout Mayor Dennis Leney says they’ve passed a resolution approving the payment of expenses related to the hosting of evacuees earlier this summer, emphasizing they’ll be reimbursed by the federal government.

Leney estimated the costs at about $500,000.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolSioux Lookout municipal offices

He added four new fires started this week, but so far they aren’t threatening any communities.

He noted firefighters from the U.S. and Canada continue to rotate through, as they fight about 100 wildfires in the northwest.

Grassy powwow this weekend

Aug 18 11

Gary Smith will be the MC and Jamie Mandamin the arena director, as Grassy Narrows holds their 28th annual traditional powwow this weekend. Warm-ups Friday night will include an Iron Man competition, followed by a sunrise ceremony Saturday and specials throughout the weekend.

Goldeyes sweep Saints

Aug 18 11

In sports, the Goldeyes continue to dominate the Saints, as they completed the sweep in a 7-4 victory at Shaw Field last night. The win moves the Fish into a 5-game lead over St. Paul in the North Division. After the game, Price Kendall says they’re just where they want to be, as they wrap-up the season.

Winnipeg now travels to Lincoln for a weekend series.

Jays’ Romero after fifth-straight win

Aug 18 11

The Jays are sending Ricky Romero’s looking for his fifth-straight win, as he takes to the mound against Trevor Cahill in Oakland tonight. Romero was named the American League’s player of the week earlier this month, after posting back-to-back wins against Tampa and Baltimore.

Slo-pitch update

In Dryden ladies slo-pitch, Thompson’s easily handled the Devils last night to tie their final series at 1 each.

Kenora ball hockey update

Aug 18 11

In Casey’s men’s ball hockey action last night, the Aces beat Havarti 4-3 in a shoot out in game one of their playoff series, while the Jets tied their series with a win over the Gold Diggers.

OPG chairman visits Wabaseemoong today

Aug 18 11

The chairman of Ontario Power Generation Jake Epp and Ontario’s aboriginal affairs minister Chris Bentley will be the special guests at Wabaseemoong First nation today, as members mark the settlement of flood claims that date back to the 1950s. When Whitedog and Caribou Falls generating stations were built, they resulted in the flooding of thousands of acres of traditional lands, including the One Man Lake settlement. The ceremonies are set to begin at noon. Terms of the agreement weren’t released.

Hampton weighs in on forestry ruling

Aug 18 11

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Howard Hampton weighed in on the impact of the recent Ontario Superior court decision regarding Grassy Narrows. He said it was the latest in a long list — that included the dispute at KI, the Far north Act and the review of jury pools — which serve to aggravate relations between the province and First Nations.

Deputation challenges nominees

Aug 18 11

In his deputation to city council, Kenora resident Greg Potvin said candidates for the Tory nomination should have to step aside, while the situation is settled. Potvin, who ran unsuccessfully for council in the last election, said councillors were in a conflict of interest, if they held both positions at the same time.

Mayor Dave Canfield admitted he’d also been approached, but declined the invitation. However, he supported the council members in their bids. The nomination issue will be settled with a vote on Saturday.

Fat City helps open new tent

Aug 18 11

Kenora’s Fat City will again open for Blue Rodeo, when the new Harbourfront Tent officially opens next month. The local band opened for the Canadian icons, when they last visited during Harbourfest in 2009.

Second act booked for new venue

Aug 18 11

Meanwhile, a second act has now been booked for the new venue. Canrock founders The Stampeders will visit on Oct. 2, following their show at the cultural centre in Dryden the previous night. The trio is seeing strong sales on their current Canadian tour in support of their new album, Live at the Mae Wilson, which was released on the 40th anniversary of their big hit Sweet City Woman.

Seniors warned of phone scam

Aug 18 11

Dryden police are again warning residents about a phone scam targeting seniors. Callers are now saying they’re legal counsel representing a grandchild, who needs bail money. One victim was taken for $10,000 earlier this year.

SIJHL adds new team, coaches

Aug 18 11

In sports, there have been a few changes over the summer in the SIJHL with a new team joining the circuit and two new coaches.

The Iron Range Ironheads will take players from northern Minnesota and form a new team. While they will be holding tryouts in Duluth, along with the Clydesdales, Ironheads management emphasizes candidates will be asked to choose only one squad.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolSIJHL season ready to go

In Dryden, Joe West has been named the head coach of the Ice Dogs. He’ll also serve as co-general manager of the club with Brad Boyko, who is the director of hockey operations.

West, 48, replaces Clint Mylymok who returned to the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Jr. Hockey League.

A native of Winnipeg, Man., West won a Colonial Cup in Thunder Bay before moving on to Northern Michigan University and a professional career in Germany. Training camp for the Ice Dogs begins Aug. 27.

Earlier this month, the Sioux Lookout Flyers announced Brad Zangs as the team’s new head coach and general manager. Zangs was on the coaching staffs at Iowa State University, when the Cyclones won an American Collegiate Hockey Association national championship. During a brief interview yesterday, Zangs talks about his decision to join the team.

Camp starts August 26.

Whitedog celebrates deal with OPG

Aug 17 11

Members of Wabaseemoong First Nation have scheduled a celebration tomorrow, as they mark a historic settlement with Ontario Power Generation. Chairman Jake Epp will be accompanied by the province’s aboriginal affairs minister, Chris Bentley, as they make the trip to Whitedog for the occasion.

Grassy Trappers claim victory in legal battle

Aug 17 11

After more than a decade of legal battles, trappers from Grassy Narrows are claiming victory, following a decision in Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice. Their attorney, Robert Janes, explains the importance of the case.

J.B. Fobister is one of the litigants in the case, and he says the decision will help the community get a better deal, in their negotiations with the province relating to their impasse regarding the Whiskey Jack Forest.

Unfortunately, another claimant passed away before hearing the decision.

MNR, iLevel reviewing decision

Aug 17 11

Staff at the Ministry of Natural Resources, speaking on behalf of the government, say they’re still reviewing the 300-page decision and its implications.

A spokesman for iLevel, Anthony Chavez, says they’re also looking over the decision and its impact.

City warns residents about deer

Aug 17 11

The City of Kenora has released their much-anticipated pamphlet called Get Deer, which is meant to help residents understand the potential dangers of interacting with the local deer population. The initiative was sparked by a confrontation in Lakeside, where an infant was nearly trampled during fawning season. The OPP and MNR have also been partners in this effort, and copies of the leaflet are available at Kenora’s city hall.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolCity begins education campaign

Boy killed in ATV accident

Aug 17 11

The OPP are investigating a fatal ATV accident in Rainy River District that has claimed the life of a 10 year-old boy. He was riding in Dawson Township, when he lost control, hit a barbed-wire fence and was ejected. The boy was taken to Rainy River Hospital, but medical staff weren’t able to save him. Investigators from Kenora and Dryden are also attending the scene.

Kenora councillors prepare for vote

Aug 17 11

Meanwhile, Kenora councillors Louis Roussin and Rod McKay prepared for Saturday’s vote, which will determine the riding’s Conservative candidate.

From his perspective, McKay wants to see a stronger voice for the riding at Queen’s Park.

For his part, Roussin says he wants to help the party restore Ontario to its traditional status within Confederation.

Jays reliever undergoes surgery

Aug 17 11

In sports, Jays’ reliever Jon Rauch was placed on the disabled list, after undergoing a emergency surgery to remove his appendix late yesterday. Rauch is expected to be back in service within 15 days. The Jays complete their series against the Mariners tonight, after their 13-7 romp over Seattle last night.

Goldeyes ready for playoff race

Aug 17 11

Goldeyes outfielder Fehlandt Lentini talks about the importance of each game, as the playoff race tightens in the Northern League.

The fish complete their series agains the Saints, tonight at 7

Slo-pitch update

Aug 17 11

In Dryden Men’s Slo-pitch, Treasury Metals defeated Weiers Electric 16-14 and Vermilion Bay defeated Time-Out Sports 14-7. The other games — chinchillas vs. Jets and Dusters vs Sons of Pitches — were cancelled.

Don’t forget that Game 2 of the ladies final goes tonight at Sandy Beach.

Kenora men’s ball hockey update

Aug 17 11

Last night in the Casey’s men’s ball hockey league, High Havarti beat SMS to advance into the playoffs with a comfortable win. Tonight, the Gold Diggers meet the Jets and the Aces take on High Havarti, as the playoffs begin.

Trappers hold press conference

Aug 17 11

Trappers from Grassy Narrows are expected to get a ruling from Ontario’s Superior Court this morning, as they challenge the province`s right to issue logging permits for their traditional lands. Treaty 3 Grand Chief is also lending her support to the community, as they hold a news conference around 9 a.m.

Funnel cloud spotted

Aug 17 11

Weather watchers in Dryden got a bit of a surprise, as funnel clouds were seen forming near the airport. Manager George Friesen describes what he saw. A tornado warning had been issued earlier in the day, as thunderstorms passed through the district.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolFunnel cloud spotted near Dryden

West Nile detected near Ft. Frances

Aug 17 11

Northwestern Health Unit officials are asking residents to clear away any standing water and take precautions to avoid bites, after mosquitoes with the West Nile Virus were found in the Ft. Frances area. The virus can cause flu-like symptoms that may lead to serious illness in some cases

Lobby for bridge repairs continues

Aug 17 11

During Monday’s council meeting, Mayor Dave Canfield kept up the pressure, saying the city had support from municipalities across Ontario, as they pushed for Queen`s Park to pay their fair share. He said there was no way they should be asked to pay for maintenance on the 18 bridges within their boundaries.

Ministry’s bridge study in progress

Aug 17 11

In a short interview yesterday, Ministry of Transport spokesman Dave McColl says they`re studying the issue.

The fall election date is Oct. 6.

Summer Literacy made fun

Aug 17 11

Over at Evergreen School Kelly Corbett explains how learning can still be fun for students at the summer literacy program.

Corbett says the program’s meant to help students in Grades 1 to 3 with their reading and writing, so their skills don`t slip too much during their summer break.

Youth conference at Wauzhushk Onigum

Aug 17 11

Finally, don’t forget the Treaty 3 youth conference happening today and tomorrow at Powwow Island.

Goldeyes wrap-up home stand

Aug 17 11

The Goldeyes are set to conclude their series against the St. Paul Saints, as they wrap-up their 10-game home stand tonight at Shaw Field. Game time is 7 p.m.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolGoldeyes complete home stand tonight

Slo-pitch finals

Aug 17 11

In local action, Game 2 of the finals for Dryden ladies slo-pitch — the Angels vs. Devils — is set for Sandy Beach tonight.

Soccer semi-finals Thursday

Aug 17 11

The semi-finals for Kenora Men`s Soccer is set for tomorrow night at the Tom Nabb complex.

Thistles encouraged by tryouts

Aug 17 11

Finally, after last weekend`s ice time, Thistles Midget AAA coach Doug Novak says he was pleased with the turnout and the talent he saw.

Divers search for missing swimmer

Aug 16 11

The OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit will be in Kenora today to assist with the search on Shoal Lake. On Sunday 14 August 28 year-old Lucas JANZ of Winnipeg was reported missing. He had gone swimming at the camp on Galt Island early that morning and has not returned. Police have searched the island and immediate area with negative results.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolOPP search for missing swimmer continues

Divers to help with wharf repairs

Aug 16 11

Divers will be taking a good look at the pilings for the Second Street Wharf, as the City of Kenora uses up the last bits of a $1.5 million fund to help pay for the maintenance of three downtown piers. They were downloaded from the federal government, and the 10-year agreement for repairs expires early next year. Upgrades of docking facilities are an important part of Phase III of the city`s revitalization strategy.

IJC hearing Saturday

Aug 16 11

Representatives of the International Joint Commission will be at the Best Western in Kenora Saturday morning, as they take feedback on recent task force recommendations for safeguarding the Lake of the Woods watershed. Suggestions include joint management by the U.S. and Canada, as well as shared research on water quality issues. The session is set to begin at 9 a.m.

Aug 16 11

In Dryden, Councillor Martin McKinnon says their budget forecasts are on track, so far. He added they`re still hoping to keep any tax rate increase to the rate of inflation, which is between 1.5 and 2 per cent.

Dryden Development manager’s contract renewed

Aug 16 11

Council also renewed the contract for their economic development manager Vicki Kurz, and they appointed Gwen Kurz and Donna Horwath to their museum advisory board.

Voters list out in Sioux Lookout

Aug 16 11

Residents of Sioux Lookout can now view the voter`s list for this fall`s by-election, when they visit the municipal office, Hudson post office or Sioux Lookout library. Applications for revisions can be made through the municipal office.

Jets mourn Rypien

Aug 16 11

The Winnipeg Jets have released a statement regarding the loss of Rick Rypien over the weekend. It says, “Rick was a talented player with an extremely bright future. His hunger for the game made him a valued team member both on and off the ice. This loss has impacted us as more than just a hockey team.”

Fish hurler sets record for wins

Aug 16 11

Goldeyes pitcher Ace Walker became the winningest pitcher in the team`s history, as he knotched his 37th victory in a 15-2 win over St. Paul last night. Afterwards, Walker reflected on the occasion.

Lawrie puts on a show, again

Aug 16 11

Canadian phenom Brett Lawrie didn`t disappoint, as he hit a round-tripper against the Mariners in front of about 100 friends and family. Courtesy of Sportsnet, here`s some audio from last night`s game. Unfortunately, it came in a losing cause, as the Jays dropped a 6-5 decision to Seattle. The three-game series continues tonight at Safeco Field.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolJays in Seattle

Slo-pitch update

Aug 16 11

In Dryden ladies slo-pitch, the Devils beat the Angels 7 to 4 in the first game of the best of 3 finals. Action resumes Wednesday night at Sandy Beach. Over in Kenora, Roen`s defeated the Blades 26-14 , Black Sturgeon tied Wildfire at 12, while Northern Harbour beat Shoal Lake.

Search continues for missing swimmer

Aug 16 11

The OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit will be in Kenora today to assist with the search on Shoal Lake. On Sunday 14 August 28 year old Lucas JANZ of Winnipeg was reported missing. He had gone swimming at the camp on Galt Island early that morning and has not returned. Police have searched the island and immediate area with negative results.

Local NDP choose Campbell

Aug 16 11

Oxdrift resident Sarah Campbell became the NDP candidate for Kenora-Rainy River last night, as she defeated Kenora`s Rob Sinding for the party nomination last night in Ft. Frances. After her victory, Campbell described the moment.

Campbell is also a member of the Kenora District Services Board. She was hand-picked by former MPP Howard Hampton to be his successor, and she didn`t hesitate to pick-up the party`s mantra.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolNDP nominee Sarah Campbell

Tories to decide Saturday

Aug 16 11

Kenora councillors Rod McKay and Louis Roussin will face-off on Saturday for the Tory nomination. Liberal nominee Anthony Leek of Emo was acclaimed. The provincial election is Oct. 6.

Harbourfront takes shape

Aug 16 11

Kenora`s Harbourfront is taking on a whole new look, as crews began installing the covering on the new tent. A new waterfront boardwalk is also being unveiled, as Phase II of downtown revitalization nears completion.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolKenora’s new Harbourfront tent takes shape

Youth gathering at Powwow Island

Aug 16 11

Grand Council Treaty 3 will be hosting a youth gathering this week at Powwow Island in Rat Portage. Featured speakers include award-winning playwright and actor Waawaate Fobister of Grassy Narrows and Canadian Olympian Waneek Horn Miller. The event is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.

Chairman describes new police chief

Aug 16 11

Dryden`s police services board chairman, Bill Hovi, outlined his reasons for choosing their new chief, Rob Davis, during a brief interview yesterday. Hovi said the new chief has ties with the northwest and an understanding of aboriginal issues. He added the board will want him to stick with their business plan, in order to help control costs. Davis is expected to begin his new job at the end of the month.

Houseboat decision deferred

Aug 16 11

Kenora council chose to defer a motion regarding the removal of houseboats, after a strong deputation from boat owners Brian Finck and Wendy Capri. Instead, they will consult further with their legal advisor, before revisiting the issue.

Goldeyes hammer St. Paul

Aug 16 11

In sports, the Goldeyes continued their 10-game home stand with a laugher over the Saints 15-2 at Shaw Field last night. Following Sunday`s game, infielder Louis Ott led the team in batting average with .330. During a pause in the action, he talked about his success at the plate this season.

Jays visit Mariners

Aug 16 11

Jays are in Seattle to take on the Mariners in a late start tonight. It`ll be Henderson Alvarex in his major league debut for Toronto against Michael Pineda 9-7.

Pierce welcomes bye week

Aug 16 11

As the Bombers take a break during their bye week, QB Buck Pierce reflects on how it may affect the team.

Kenora soccer update

Aug 16 11

Don`t forget the playoffs continue tonight at the Tom Nabb complex in Kenora, where the Fury play the Stingers and the Playaz take on the Wild in men`s soccer.

Harbourfront tent takes shape

Aug 15 11

Kenora’s new Harbourfront tent takes shape Monday, as crews get ready for opening day Sept. 16, when Blue Rodeo comes to town. The work comes just a week after the old tent was destroyed during a sudden storm.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolKenora’s new Harbourfront tent

Police search for missing swimmer

Aug 15 11

Officers from the Kenora OPP Detachment are looking for a 28 year-old Winnipeg man in the Shoal Lake area. He was visiting a camp with friends, when he went for a swim early Sunday morning. Members of the Northwest Region`s Emergency Response Team will be conducting shore line searches today.

OPP charge motorist after search

Aug 15 11

Officers also continued their crackdown on illegal drugs in the area. On Saturday night, a routine traffic stop resulted in the seizure of alcohol and marihuana from a 23 year-old Winnipeg driver. He will attend Kenora court 15 Sept. to answer to the possession charges.

New police chief in Dryden

Aug 15 11

The City of Dryden has a new police chief. He’s Rob Davis, who has served with the RCMP at the Canadian Police College. He has also been recognized by the Ontario Association of Police Chiefs and the International Police Association.

Signs warn of bacteria on beaches

Aug 15 11

The Northwestern Health Unit has introduced new signs meant to warn swimmers about the dangers of e-coli. While the health unit continues to test beaches on a weekly basis, it takes at least 48 hours for those results to be analyzed. As a result, bathers are warned about the risk of high bacteria counts, following a heavy rain.

CEP welcomes new members

Aug 15 11

National Representative Steve Boon from the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union is pleased to see their movement growing. After years of downturn, they added 150 maintenance and production workers at the AbitibiBowater Thunder Bay Sawmill earlier this month. It came as the result of a six-month organizing drive, culminating in certification earlier this month by the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

MNR fire update

Aug 15 11

Firefighters from across Canada and the U.S. Continue to support wildfire suppression in the northwest region. In all, there are 454 personnel ioncluding 357 firefighters and 97 overhead staff, and they`re coming from as far away as British Columbia, Nova Scotia and the Northwest Territories. Over the weekend, 28 new fires started, as the hot, dry weather continued.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolRed Lake Fire #124

AYA pleased with tournament

Aug 15 11

In sports, Angler Young Angler spokesman Ryan Sproles says they couldn`t have been happier with how their national fishing tournament went in Kenora over the weekend.

In the end, John and Ayden Butts teamed up with Luke Turcotte and Jason Vogelsang to take the title for 2011.

Kenora men’s soccer update

Aug 15 11

Tonight at Tom Nabb it`s the Dynamo against the Gunners in the quarter-finals for Kenora Men`s Soccer. Their playoffs continue tomorrow night with two games. First it`ll be the Fury vs. the Stingers, followed by the Playaz taking on the Wild. Semi-finals are set for Thursday.

Bombers update

Aug 15 11

Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce is certainly riding high, after a convincing win against his old team the Lions in Vancouver. When it was all over, he talked about what went well on the road.

MNR brings back travel restrictions

Aug 15 11

The MNR have put travel restrictions on aircraft travelling near wildfires in the northwest region. Due to the large number of aircraft involved in fighting Soux Lookout Fires #61 and 64, as well as Red Lake Fire #84, pilots are being asked to check with MNR before they fly. Otherwise, the number of wildfires continues to slowly decline, as more than 2,000 fire fighters continue their efforts to control the worst fire season in recent memory.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolRed Lake Fire #84

Family Dinner night proposed

Aug 15 11

Dryden council will be asked to pass a proclamation in favour of National Family Dinner Night on September 15, when they meet tonight.

Docks to be discussed in Kenora

Aug 15 11

At Kenora city hall this evening, councillors will look at an agreement for remediation efforts at their Second Street Wharf. A discussion about the docks at the golf course is also on the agenda.

Council to debate evacuation bills

Aug 15 11 Sioux Lookout council meets again Wednesday, and their agenda includes a discussion about the reimbursement of expenses incurred, when the community hosted evacuees from communities affected by wildfires. The discussion will include input from Indian and Northern Affairs.

Tories set nomination date

Aug 15 11

The Conservatives in Kenora-Rainy River have finally set a date for their nomination meeting. It’ll run Aug. 20, and Kenora city councillors Rod McKay and Louis Roussin are the only two names on the ballot. Further details on the meeting, such as the location and time, have not yet been announced.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolNominee to be chosen Aug. 20

Horwath to visit riding

Aug 15 11

Meanwhile, Ontario’s NDP leader Andrea Horwath is expected to address the faithful in Ft. Frances tonight, as the Kenora-Rainy River riding association chooses their nominee for the fall campaign. Sarah Campbell and Rob Sinding are on the ballot to replace Howard Hampton.

Back to school at DHS

Aug 15 11

Finally, a sure sign of fall is at Dryden High School, where Grade 9 students will be able to pick-up their timetables next Tuesday. Other grades will be able to get their schedules the beginning the next day, Aug. 24.

Bomber swagger continues

Aug 15 11

In sports, the Bombers continue to swagger, after a 30-17 romp over the B.C. Lions over the weekend. It’s the best start for the Blue & Gold since 1984, and quarterback Buck Pierce remained off the injury list.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolSwagger continues in Winnipeg

Goldeyes struggle against Wingnuts

Aug 15 11

However, the Goldeyes released pitcher Mike Williams over the weekend, after losing their first two games against visiting Wichita. Williams, 25, was 2-3 with a 7.62 ERA in 14 games with the Goldeyes this season, including five starts. Fortunately, the Fish rallied for a 4-2 win against the Wingnuts in yesterday’s matinee.

Jays beat Angels

Aug 15 11

Meanwhile, the Jays came back in dramatic fashion to beat the Angels 5-4 yesterday at the Rogers Centre. Brett Lawrie’s double tied the score in the bottom of the ninth, before Edwin Encarnacion’s single brought home the winning run in the 10th.

Jets ticket exchange announced

Aug 15 11

And Jets fans, who didn’t spend thousands on season tickets, may still get a chance to see their team in action this fall. The team has announced single-game tickets will be offered through their web site, as they become available. They will be sold for face value, in addition to an administration charge for the service. The exchange comes after reports of fraud, involving other ticket resellers.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolJets tickets for sale

Province to review jury process

Aug 12 11

The Attorney General of Ontario has appointed retired Justice Frank Iacobucci to review the participation of aboriginal people in the province’s jury pool. Justice Iacobucci has also helped settle the Residential School settlement agreement, and he’s involved in mediating the dispute between Grassy Narrows and the province over logging in the Whiskey Jack Forest.

The lawyer for Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Julian Falconer, says there are deep-rooted issues involved.

The deputy chief for Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Terry Waboose, said he was encouraged to hear about the province’s decision to hold an inquiry into aboriginal participation in jury pools.

“NAN has fought for years to uncover the truth about the systematic exclusion of First Nations from the Ontario justice system. It is right, and proper that a credible jurist such as Justice Iacobucci, independent of the Attorney General, inquire into and report on the extent of the exclusions, and propose solutions going forward,” he said.

“First Nations alienation from the justice system is our reality. First Nations over-representation among those who are charged and jailed is only made worse by the fact that First Nations have been systematically denied their right to serve on juries.”

Home stretch for NDP race

Aug 12 11

Sarah Campbell’s in the home stretch of her run for the NDP’s nomination for the riding in the upcoming fall election, and she talks about the important issues facing constituents.

Sarah Campbell’s in the home stretch of her run for the NDP’s nomination for the upcoming fall election, and she talks about how it feels to be trying to fill Howard Hampton’s shoes, as she travels the riding.

Howard Hampton’s long-time assistant is now a member of the Kenora District Services Board. She’s running against long-time party member Rob Sinding, who practices law in Kenora. Provincial Leader Andrea Horwath is set to attend the meeting in Ft. Frances, where the winner is expected to be declared.

Run for prostate cancer

Aug 12 11

Finally, Dr. Riley Senft will be running through northwestern Ontario over the weekend, as he makes his way from Newfoundland to B.C. In aid of prostate cancer. Senft, who has relatives in the area, is scheduled to be in Dryden today, before making his way to Kenora Monday.

Wichita’s first visit to Winnipeg

Aug 12 11

In sports, it’ll be Luis Villareal for the Goldeyes against Ryan Hinson, as Wichita takes to the field tonight in Winnipeg. Villreal is 5-2 on 13 starts this year with the Fish, while Hinson is 10-5 on 16 starts for the Wingnuts.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolGoldeyes host Wingnuts

Jays take on Angels

Aug 12 11

Meanwhile, the Blue Jays have Brandon Morrow 8-6 taking on Ervin Santana 8-8 as Toronto visits the Angels in Anaheim. The Jays are looking to bounce back after a drubbing in yesterday’s matinee, as well as allegations they’ve been stealing signs from opponents at the Rogers Centre.

Thistle tryouts this weekend

Aug 12 11

A reminder of the Midget AAA Thistles tryouts this weekend in Vermilion Bay. After the information session tonight, there will be ice time on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolThistle tryouts this weekend

Lions host Bombers

Aug 12 11

Finally, the 1-5 B.C. Lions host the swaggering 5-1 Blue Bombers tonight at B.C. Place. Game time on Q104 is 9 p.m.

KDSB under budget, so far

Aug 12 11

While they’re slightly under budget in 2011, Directors at the Kenora District Services are still sharpening their pencils, as they prepare their spending estimates for the year ahead. That’s because staff have already forecast an $800,000 increase in the local share, and CAO Dan McNeil says they’ll be going back to the drawing board in an effort to control costs in the $34 millon operation.

Nuclear process impressive, Roussin

Aug 12 11

Kenora city councillor Louis Roussin also took the time to visit the presentations by Nuclear Waste Management Ontario in Ignace earlier this week. While emphasizing the city isn’t pursuing a waste site at this point, Roussin said he was very impressed by the process.

Open Roads to open soon

Aug 12 11

Open Roads School is almost ready for students, as construction crews put the final touches on the project before classes begin Aug. 30. However, when trustees hold their first board meeting of the year, also at the school, one of the items they’ll be dealing with is a petition to rename their new facility. Dryden resident Jeff Cole has been gathering names over the summer to oppose the name change from Riverview.

Street picnic Saturday

Aug 12 11

In the Kenora area, volunteers from Making Kenora Home are continuing with the street picnics at the Fellowship Centre, in order to help those in need during the month of August. If you’d like to help out, please call Nan at the Northwest Community Legal Clinic 468-8888.

Fish hammer Pheasants

Aug 12 11

In sports, the Fish are fresh off a 12-1 drubbing of the Sioux Falls Pheasants, as they prepare for the Wichita Wingnuts tonight at Shaw Field. It’s the first visit to Canada for the Wingnuts, who are 45-37 on the season, which is good enough for second place in the central division. Following yesterday’s win, the Goldeyes are 49-34, and remain in first place in the north division.

Jays humbled in Oakland

Aug 12 11

On the coast, Jays’ pitcher Brad Mills is still wondering what hit him, as the A’s hammered Toronto 10-3. When it was all said and done, Oakland batted around twice, as they counted 6 in the third and 4 in the sixth. With the loss, Mills fell to 1-2 on the year, as the Jays head home for a three-game series with the Angels.

Pronger encouraged by Jagr

Aug 12 11

In hockey, Flyers defenceman Chris Pronger says the addition of Jaromir Jagr and improvements from Claude Giroux and James van Riemsdyk would help their offence, while the addition of Ilya Bryzgalov would help solidify their defence. Still, in his discussions with the team he continued to hedge on a return date, much less how effective he might be when he does get back on the roster.

Bombers visit Lions

Aug 12 11

And don’t forget, the Bombers are on the Wet Coast tomorrow to take on the Lions. Game time from Vancouver is 9 p.m., and you can listen live right here on Q104.

Mourners gather at T.A.

Aug 11 11

Hundreds filled the gym at St. Thomas Aquinas in Kenora this afternoon for a short memorial service in honour of Cody Bland. In his message, Father Daren Gallivan encouraged mourners to share their memories and stories of a young man, who passed away far too early.

Travel restrictions lifted

Aug 11 11

The cooler, wet weather is helping fire crews get a handle on wildfires. As a result, travel restrictions have been lifted for all areas, but travellers are still reminded to stay out of the way of waterbombers. While there aren’t any immediate threats to communities, there remain 96 active fires in the northwest region.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolMNR ranger station

By-election preparations

Aug 11 11

Voters in Sioux Lookout are reminded to get on the voter’s list for the October by-election. Both Rob McClendon and Steven Forbes have applied to fill the vacancy left by Herb Zettel, who has moved. Advance polls and proxies are available, for those who need to make alternate arrangements for the voting day Oct. 13.

City to remove houseboats

Aug 11 11

Kenora council is working with the MNR and OPP, in an effort to have houseboats removed from the city’s water lot on Lake of the Woods, before the end of September. Those remaining near Coney Island may be charged with trespassing.

Conservation encouraged in Dryden

Aug 11 11

While watering their lawns during the hot, dry weather; Dryden residents are being asked to take some conservation measures. City staff note an inch of water a week is enough, and you can use an empty can to measure. Sprinklers should be set on a coarse spray, rather than a fine mist, in order to avoid evaporation.

Legion lifts ultrasound campaign

Aug 11 11

Oxdrift Royal Canadian Legion Branch 41 have added $2000.00 to the Ultrasound Fund for the Dryden Regional Health Centre. The push for new equipment will also help with doctor recruitment efforts.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolLegion helps Ultrasound Fund

Geologists pleased with progress

Aug 11 11

And Kenora geologists are pleased with the rise in interest in mining exploration across the district. Provincial staff were part of a seminar in Dryden earlier this week, which also included industry and First Nation representatives.

Powwow trail to stop in Whitefish

Aug 11 11

This weekend’s powwow stop is in Whitefish Bay near Sioux Narrows, and long-range forecasts remain sunny and warm.

Play at the plate costs Goldeyes

Aug 11 11

In sports, Goldeyes Ridge Carpenter was tagged out at the plate for the final out last night, as the Fish fell to the Pheasants 3-2 at Shaw Field. Winnipeg has a shot at redemption this afternoon, as they complete their four-game series against Sioux Falls.

Slo-pitch udpates

Aug 11 11

In Dryden ladies slo-pitch, it was A & W with a comfortable win over D Q. This means the Devils sweep the series two games straight and now meet The Thompson Paintshop Angels in the finals starting Monday night at Sandy Beach.

Over in Kenora, ROEN’s beat the Heat 9-7, Days Inn had an easy win over Print Gear, and Trashers put out the wildfires.

Grit nominee promotes local experience

Aug 10 11

As the provincial election approaches, Liberal candidate Anthony Leek says his background as a race track manager and town councillor in Emo will serve him well.

He also feels it’s time to put the past behind us and move forward, in order to create jobs and build a better future.

Leek is waiting to find out who he’ll be running against. The NDP will decide between two candidates running for the nomination — Sarah Campbell and Rob Sinding — at their meeting this weekend. Kenora councillors Rod McKay and Louis Roussin are running for the Conservatives.

KDSB strategizes in Dryden

Aug 10 11

Kenora District Services Board directors are meeting today in Dryden, where they’ll be talking about their strategic plan for the years ahead. The services board is making efforts to streamline their operations, in the face of rising social assistance costs and pressure from all levels of government to tighten budgets.

Dryden gun show Saturday

Aug 10 11

Avid hunters and gun collectors will be checking out the show at the Dryden Fair Grounds this weekend. The 21st annual runs from 10 until 4.

White releases bilingual collection

Aug 10 11

Finally, Elder Peter White of Whitefish Bay has put together a collection of traditional songs and legends. Entitled The Journey, it loosely follows the life of an Anishinaabe woman. What makes it unique is that its been recorded in both English and Ojibway.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolThe Journey

Listeners may also find White along the powwow trail this summer, as he MC’s events in the Treaty 3 territory.

First-rounder still injured

Aug 10 11

First-round pick henoc Muamba remains on the injured list, as the Bombers prepare for the Lions. While he has practices, the linebacker from St. FX remains on the sidelines since injuring his knee before the season started.

Walker leads Fish vs. Pheasants

Aug 10 11

Ace Walker takes to the mound for the Fish, as they finish off their four-game series against the Pheasants at Shaw Field tonight. Winnipeg’s coming off a nail-biter last night, as they beat Sioux Falls 1-0.

Slo-pitch updates

Aug 10 11

In Dryden Men’s slo-pitch last night, it was the Jets over Whipper Snappers, Vermilion Bay over the Dusters and Treasury Metals over the Screaming chinchillas. Unfortunately, Misfits and Sons of Pitches was cancelled.

Over in Kenora, Kroppy’s overwhelmed Print gear in ladies slo-pitch.

Liberals out of touch, Horwath

Aug 10 11

As she continued to tour the North, Ontario’s NDP leader Andrea Horwath says the government’s out of touch with its forest tenure reforms, and their Far North Act only served to further frustrate First Nation leaders.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolAndrea Horwath

Resource economy rebounds, Gravelle

Aug 10 11

Michael Gravelle, the minister responsible for mines and forests, says the new tenure will create jobs by creating a system that’s more in tune to changes in the economy. He added new mines are being built, old mines are reo pening and expanding and exploration is hitting a new record level.

Hazardous Waste Day Sunday

Aug 10 11

City staff in Kenora are also reminding residents about Household Hazardous Waste day this weekend. On Sunday, people can bring in their old paint and batteries to the Barsky’s Hill compound for proper disposal. Operations manager Rick Perchuk says it cuts down on the amount poured down sewers or discarded in regular waste.

Shelter encouraged to seek partners

Aug 10 11

In their discussions, Kenora councillors are suggesting the Fellowship Centre board might talk with the Assembly of Resources, in an effort to save operating costs. Councillors denied a request for relief Monday from the emergency shelter, but members supported efforts to consolidate.

Mayor lobbies for Duke Street repairs

Aug 10 11

In Dryden, Mayor Craig Nuttall says they’re hoping to use $600,000 left over from the overpass project to help fix-up Duke Street. However, the government hasn’t allowed him to transfer the funds, yet. Nuttall says he’s still lobbying for a positive response to his request.

Trout Forest this weekend

Aug 10 11

Fans are getting packed up for the Trout Forest Music Festival this weekend. Director David Hoey says he’s been gushing about their line-up for this year’s festival.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolTrout Forest 2011

For more information check out their web site at www.troutforest.com

Bombers sign lineman

Aug 10 11

In sports, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed import defensive lineman Rodney Fritz to their practice roster today. He’ll help fill in for the ailing Doug Brown, who’s had foot problems the last couple of weeks. Fritz is 6-1, 260 and he’s been playing indoor football.

Lawrie impresses in debut

Aug 10 11

The Blue Jays are looking for good things from their new third baseman Brett Lawrie. He nearly made the team in training camp, and has impressed with the bat now that he’s finally made it to the bigs this month. Toronto’s still on the coast tonight,as they head into tonight’s game against the A’s in Anaheim.

Goldeyes wrap-up Pheasants

Aug 10 11

The Goldeyes are at home again tonight, where they continue their four-game set against Sioux Falls. The Fish and the Pheasants complete their series Thursday night.

Renegades seek ice time

Aug 10 11

Locally, Larry Lundy says he’s still trying to secure ice time for tryouts and the regular season, as the Jr. B start-up in Dryden works to get out of the starting gate. Lunday and team president Jamie Barker have sons, who played hockey in the area, and coach Randy Lulashnyk has experience with the Sioux Lookout Flyers. Lundy says they’re hoping to have a 22-player roster in place for a 32-game season, which would begin in October.

Dog park debate continues in Kenora

Aug 9 11

Kenora city councillor Sharon Smith is encouraged to see more cycling lanes and dog parks in the plans. During yesterday’s committee of the whole, Smith spoke in favour of extending bike trails from Keewatin to downtown, as well as creating more off-leash dog parks for pet owners.

She noted volunteers from A Dog’s Life pet adoption network have already offered to help raise funds for fencing.

Commission reports strong tourism numbers

Aug 9 11

Councillors also got a positive report from the Lake of the Woods Development Commission on early returns from the summer tourism season. Tourism officer Heather Paterson says they’re getting twice the average number of visitors at their new Discovery Centre.

Even though the increase from 25 a day to more than 50 a day are still modest, she noted they’ve also received their first tour bus, which he hoped was a sign of things to come.

Cyclists cross Canada for diabetes

Aug 9 11

Darren Corbiere of Manitoulin Island was the special guest speaker at the Kenora Area Health Access Centre yesterday. Corbiere is leading a group of native cyclists across the country, in order to promote healthy lifestyles and diabetes prevention.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolCyclists for diabetes prevention

More information on their trip can be found at NDNcycle.ca

Wet weather still brings wildfires

Aug 9 11

While the rainy, cooler weather has definitely helped firefighters combat existing fires in the northwest region, the MNR is reporting 25 new fires started Sunday. Ministry staff are continuing to advise residents the fire hazard remains high to extreme, which means the public is urged to use caution with any outdoor fires. Already, close to 600,000 hectares have burned due to wildfires this year, which is 24 times the area burned last year at this time.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolRed Lake #124

Goldeyes beat Pheasants

Aug 9 11

In sports, the Winnipeg Goldeyes started their 10-game home stand with a 6-2 win over the Pheasants from Sioux Falls. Kody Kaiser led the attack with 2 RBI’s, while Louis Ott went 3 for 4 at the plate. Tonight, Zach Baldwin will take to the mound for the Fish against former Goldeye Barry Fowler.

Jays McGowan almost ready

Aug 9 11

In Toronto, pitcher Dustin McGowan is scheduled to start in September, marking his first start since July 2008. The Jays continue their three-game series in Seattle tonight, as they take on the Mariners.

Bombers top power rankings

Aug 9 11

At CFL headquarters, the Blue & Gold topped the power rankings this week. They vaulted over the Eskimos and Ti-Cats, after their win against Edmonton. The Alouettes remained in fourth place with a 4-2 record.

Northern Renegades start-up

Aug 9 11

And the Northern Renegades Jr. B hockey team continues to look for players from Kenora District, as they get ready for the season. Vice-president Larry Lundy says they’re still booking ice time, and they’re looking for volunteers to help them through the year.

Couple rescued at Wabigoon bridge

Aug 9 11

It took two dozen rescuers more than an hour to rescue a couple, who had fallen from a bridge in Dryden last night. Operators at 911 received calls before 10 p.m. Monday of a male and female, who were injured from a fall off a bridge platform at the Wabigoon River located at 190 Government St. behind the Chalet Inn.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolRescue in Dryden

Two Dryden paramedics, two police officers, and 20 fire rescue service members spent nearly an hour gaining ladder access 5 meters down into the fenced-in compound from the bridge platform, packaging the two seriously injured persons, cutting the fence, and stretcher carrying the injured casualties up to the ambulance. The site was located on a service trail to the bridge platform site, on the South side of the river.

The Dryden Police Service is investigating this incident.

Wind batters Harbourfront

Aug 8 11

Strong winds brought down the tent at Kenora’s Harbourfront Monday afternoon. Staff and emergency crews responded quickly, and no serious injuries were reported.

Eye witnesses said they saw a sudden gust of wind lift up the tent, as in a sunami. The couple from Winnipeg said they’d just taken cover at nearby Hap’s Landing, when the tent poles came flying towards them.

Fortunately, no serious injuries have been reported, although there has been some damage reported to vehicles that were in the parking lot.

City staff have already determined that the tent won’t go back up. It was deliberately torn, in order to facilitate the clean-up.

Economic development officer Jennifer Findlay said the popular farmer’s market and Thursday concerts will be moved to new venues. Two early options are the rec centre and curling club.

Later in the evening, Findlay said they would be working towards holding the farmer’s market at the curling club Wednesday.

Luckily, the city’s just weeks away from opening their new tent. Blue Rodeo is set to open the $1.6 million dollar, 2,000 seat venue Sept. 16

ora’s Harbourfront tent collapses

Kenora councillors bid for Hampton’s seat

Aug 8 11

The race to succeed Howard Hampton is heating up across the riding, as names come forward for all parties. For the NDP, there will be two names on the ballot. Hampton’s assistant Sarah Campbell will be challenged by Kenora lawyer Rob Sinding.

Among the Conservatives, two Kenora councillors will be facing off for the right to represent the party this fall. Both Rod McKay and Louis Roussin have put their hats in the ring.

Rod McKay took some time from his trip West to explain his decision to run, saying he felt he could help provide more support for the northwest region, especially the ailing forest industry. McKay is also the mill manager at Kenora Forest Products.

Earlier today, Louis Roussin explained his reasons for running, saying he wanted to make sure our tax dollars were well spent. Roussin retired from Sutcliff’s insurance, before joining Kenora’s city council.

Liberal nominee Anthony Leek, who’s a council member in Emo, has already been acclaimed.

Kenora council update

Aug 8 11

Kenora City council will consider adding dog parks and guaranteeing the loan for the medical centre, when they meet this afternoon. It’s their monthly committee of the whole, to be followed by their regular council meeting next week.

Dryden council update

Aug 8 11

In Dryden, councillors are scheduled to hear a presentations about contingency plans for water disruptions on Duke Street, as well as an update from the Dryden Development Corporation. Their meeting starts at 7 p.m.

Travel restrictions continue

Aug 8 11

Travel restrictions remain in place in the northwest region, due to the ongoing wildfires. There are restrictions on the Musselwhite Mine Road, and portions of the Pipestone River Park. Visitors should check with Natural Resources, before entering those areas.

Goldeyes begin home stand

Aug 8 11

In sports, the Winnipeg Goldeyes start a home stand tonight, after taking over first place during their road trip to St. Paul over the weekend. The Fish take on Sioux Falls tonight at 7.

Bombers gear up for Lions

Aug 8 11

And the 5-1 Blue Bombers — also in first place — are getting geared up for their rematch against the B.C. Lions Saturday. In their last game, third-string Alex Brink threw a touchdown pass in the second half to secure a 25-20 win for the Blue & Gold.

Bombers @ Lakewood SchoolBombers head for B.C.

In other games for week 7, it’ll be Edmonton at Montreal Thursday, Calgary at Saskatchewan Friday and the Argos at Hamilton Saturday.

Jets sign Moose to farm team

Aug 8 11

Finally, the Winnipeg Jets continue to work with the St. John’s Ice Caps, formerly the Manitoba Moose, as they finalize their roster for the fall season. They’ve recently signed defencemen Jason DeSantis and Jake Marto, along with forward Jason King.

Midget AAA tryouts this weekend

Aug 8 11

In local sports, the Kenora midget AAA Thistles will be holding tryouts in Vermilion Bay this weekend. An off-ice information session is set for Friday evening, followed by ice time Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Coach Doug Novak has more information at 548-4240.

Kenora men’s soccer update

Aug 8 11

In Kenora men’s soccer, it was the Gunners over the Fury and the Centuries over the Wild Sunday. Regular season wraps up Thursday, with the playoffs set to begin over the weekend at Tom Nabb.

Dryden Ladies Slo-pitch update

Aug 8 11

In Dryden Ladies Fastball playoffs, the semi-finals begin tonight at Sandy Beach with the Thompson’s taking on the Square One followed by the Brazier Bunch against A&W.;

Forest Fire Update

Aug 8 11

There were 36 new fires in the Northwest Region of the province reported over the weekend. Successful initial attacks by fire crews and water bombers kept the majority of the fires to less than 1 hectare in size. A total of over 589,388 hectares have burned this year. Moderate fire growth and smoke production is expected to continue on some fires which will continue to affect communities, depending on wind and weather conditions.

City of Kenora Recycling Units

Aug 8 11

The City of Kenora has purchased 16 solar power recycling units for various locations in the city, to provide the public with a convenient and accessible recycling option to keep recyclable materials out of trash bins. 4 of the 16 bins are going to go up on the Harbourfront, and the city is looking for input as to where the other bins should be placed.

Aug 8 11

The Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, Michael Gravelle announced $5.4 million in spending throughout the Kenora-Rainy River riding including $800,000 for the Kenora Amphitheatre tent. The $1.6-million white tent will be the size of a football field, be able to hold 2,000 people and will have removable sides to open the walls when weather is cooperative.

D.L.F.B. Semi-Finals

Aug 8 11

The Dryden Ladies Fastball playoff semi-finals begin tonight at Sandy Beach with the Thompson’s Paintshop Angels taking on the Square One Printwear Sluggers and the DQ Brazier Bunch up against the A&W; Devils. These will be a best of 3, with the next games Wednesday and Thursday if needed.

2011 SKBI Winners

Aug 8 11

Dave Bennett of Sioux Narrows and Mark Libitka of Kenora won the 2011 Shaw Kenora Bass International Title on Saturday. After winning at 2006 Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship, the KBI title became the next goal for the pair, who weighed in with 50.67 pounds. Two-time winners Jeff Gustafson and Chris Savage both of Kenora, placed second with 50.53 pounds. They two won the championship in 2000 and 2008.

Wood supply for KFP

Aug 5 11

The Provincial Government says Kenora Forest Products which has been quiet for the last couple of years, has accepted a wood supply offer of 101,000 cubic meters of wood. Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, Michael Gravelle is confident the mill will re-open and Kenora Forest Products manager Rod McKay was happy with the announcement. McKay said the market for Kenora Forest Products is American new home construction and until things change south of the border, prices won’t be high enough to support the operation here. But he is optimistic things are on the upswing. The wood supply announcement for Kenora Forest Products was made last night at the Best Western Lakeside Inn.

Agricultural Fair celebrates 100 years

Aug 5 11

The 100th annual Kenora Agricultural Fair is underway this weekend at the Kenora Rec Centre. Displays and shows in the arena are open from 4:00 til 10 tonight and the midway is open from 4:00 until midnight. Tomorrow, the Kenora Agricultrual Fair pancake breakfast goes from 8:00 until 11:00 and hours for the arena are 12:00 noon til 10:00 and the midway operates 12:00 noon until midnight.

MNR fines Ear Falls man

Aug 5 11

The Ministry of Natural Resources has fined an Ear Falls man a total of $6,000 for having too many walleye and northern pike in his possession, under Ontario Fishery Regulations. The Ministry reminds anglers than an individual may not have more fish than the possession limit of that species.

Fundraiser for Steffan Hall

Aug 5 11

This Saturday at the Central Curling Club in Kenora there will be a fundraiser for Steffan Hall, a man diagnosed with an inoperable tumor in his spine. Keelan Hall, his brother says the family is over whelmed by the support of the community. Doors open for the fundraiser at 8pm and will feature music from Piston Broke, 50/50 and a raffle draw. Tickets are $10 at Urban Shag, at the door, or by calling 467-8422

Liberals chose Anthony Leek

Aug 5 11

Kenora-Rainy River voters will send a new face to Queen’s Park this fall. Wednesday evening in Fort Frances the Liberal Party chose their candidate, Anthony Leek, who ran unopposed. Leek is a 27 year old, history and native studies graduate, plans to provide a stronger voice for the riding in Queen’s Park. The Provincial election is scheduled for October 6th.

Shaw Kenora Bass International – Day 1

Aug 5 11

At the Shaw Kenora Bass International, Manitoba’s team of Alex Keszler and Wayne Wagner are on top with a total of 18.79 after the first day of weigh-ins. After this afternoon’s weigh-ins, there’s a pig roast dinner on the harbourfront. The official start time for tomorrow morning is 6:30 and day 2 of the KBI Kids Tournament goes at 10:00 on the harbourfront and final day weigh-ins start at 3:00, with the boat parade scheduled for approximately 5:00 tomorrow afternoon.

Listen to the Bombers

Aug 5 11

Tonight, it’s a battle of the CFL division leaders, as the 4-1 Winnipeg Blue Bombers take on the undefeated Edmonton Eskimos at Canad Inns Stadium. Catch the play-by-play tonight on Q104. Game time is 6:30.

Sioux Lookout native signs with Jets organization

Aug 5 11

Sioux Lookout native Jimmy Roy has been signed by the Winnipeg Jets as the director of player development. The 35 year old Roy has been in Germany with the Roosters hockey club the last 5 years and moves back to Canada to work with the NHL club prospects at the junior, college and minor pro league level.

Devils advance in ladies fastball

Aug 5 11

In Dryden Ladies Fastball, the A&W; Devils advance to semi-final playoff action beginning Monday against the DQ Brazier Bunch, after their win over The Pizza Hut Stealers last night.

Dragon boat festival

Aug 5 11

The 9th Annual Kenora Dragon boat festival is this Sunday at Rabbit Lake, with the opening ceremonies at 9am. 17 teams with a total of 340 paddlers will be participating in this year’s race in support of the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation. Approximately $22,000 was raised last year, with a total of $93,000 being raised for the Community Foundation since 2004.

MNR fire update

Aug 4 11

The Ministry of Natural Resources reports that a total of 579,696 hectares have been destroyed by forest fires this year, making it the third largest area affected by fire in the last 50 years. The current fires are not expected to cause any delay in moving people home to the far north, although smoke concerns are being monitored for Cat Lake, Slate Falls and Pikangikum. Emergency Management Ontario and the MNR are working with First Nations communities to ensure a safe return home for all evacuees.

OPP seek help finding items

Aug 4 11

Dryden OPP reports a number of thefts in the last week, including various tools from the CN yard in Vermilion Bay, a guitar from a residence in Waldhof and a snow machine flat bed trailer from North Road in Stokes Township. If you have information on any of the missing items, call Crime Stoppers: 1 800 222 TIPS (8477).