Monday, July 9, 2012

CLE Gives Back To The Community

The Canadian Lakehead Exhibition is back for another year. Each year the CLE gives back to the community by offering a day that's free for kids in Children's Aid and for those seniors who can't afford to attend. Spokesperosn Al Law says it's a great feeling to provide tickets to their event.

DSSAB New Elevator For Seniors Apartments

Thunder Bay's District Social Services Board is welcoming a new elevator for their set of senior apartments in Nipigon. 10 units are now accessible for seniors who have mobility challenges. The new apartments are being opened to the public later this week.

School Board New Superintendent

The Lakehead Public School Board is making some changes to it's executive. The board recently appointed David Wright as the Superintendent of Business. The Chartered Accountant starts his new gig on August 20th.

Highway 11 Closed

Highway 11 is closed this afternoon just 5 kms west of Atikokan. It's due to a traffic blockage involving a transport hauling a wide load. Police are estimating it will be several hours before it reopens.

City Buys Watering Bags

The city is using a 15 thousand dollar grant to start a new tree watering program. The money is from the TD Green Streets initiative and it's the second year the City has received cash from them. Urban Forest Specialist Rena Viehbeck says they'll be buying 400 tree watering bags for local boulevard trees.

Wabigoon Lake First Nation Death

Provincial Police say foul play is not suspected in the death of a Wabigoon Lake First Nations man.  The body of 51-year-old Stanley Shabaquay was found on the shoreline of Wabigoon Lake last month.  The incident was reported to police on June 14th.  A post mortem examination has been completed.  The cause of death hasn't been released.

Blues Festival Called A Success

The Blues Festival is being called another success. Comunity Auditorium General Manager Bob Halvorsen says the 11th annual event drew approximately 15,000 people and this event is gainnig a reputation for being of high quality for travelling blues bands, such as "The Tudesci Trucks Band." Halvorsen says reasonable ticket prices and good luck with weather have all contributed to the growing success of the Blues Festival.

Closed Tourist Centre Serves As Garbage Dump

A new and dirty twist to the closing of the Visitor Information Centre at the Ontario-Manitoba boundary. Upkeep of the area has been questionable following the Provincial move. Complaints have been forwarded to Kenora-Rainy River M.P.P. Sarah Campbell.

Alumni Game Features Local N.H.L. Skaters

Thunder Bay N.H.L.ers will be showcasing their talents for local fans to see tomorrow night. The fifth annual Thunder Bay Kings Alumni Showcase game in honour of Jim Johnson will be played at 6:00 O'clock at the Tournament Centre. Taylor and Tom Pyatt will face off against the Likes of Eric, Jordan and Jared Staal in a fundraiser that benefits cancer research. Tickets are $10 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under. They are available at Play-It-Again Sports, C&D Sports and at the door which opens at 5:00 O'clock tomorrow evening.

Crash Kills One

OPP are releasing the name of the woman who was killed in a crash on Sunday near the Manitoba border.  Police say an east bound motorcycle crossed into the west bound lane hitting a pick up truck. 30 year old Dana Dueck of Manitoba was driving the motorcycle and died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision.  The collision cause the Trans Canada Highway to be closed for several hours.

Police Looking For Missing 11 Year Old Girl

The Thunder Bay Police are asking for the public's help in locating a missing 11 year old girl. Trinity Payash was last seen on the Tuesday of last week, on the South side of the City. She is described as a Native Canadian who is 5-foot-1 or 153 centimetres tall, weighing 110 pounds or 50 kilograms. Payash has a thin build, brown eyes and shoulder length brown hair. Anyone with information is asked to contact Thunder Bay Police or Crimestoppers.

Police Services Act Hearing Opens Tuesday

A Police Services Act hearing for three local officers is being held this week. It kicks off tomorrow morning at nine at the Valhalla Inn. Four days are set aside for the hearing. The three officers are each facing one count of Misconduct relating to a complaint by a 44 year old Thunder Bay man who was involved in a drug investigation.

Four New Forest Fires Reported

The Ministry of Natural Resources are dealing with four new forest fires. Officials are calling it a relatively quiet weekend considering much of the region is currently in a "Moderate" or "High" forest fire rating. One of the fires was sparked here in the Thunder Bay district, about 25 kilometres northwest of English River. Two of the fires started Saturday are in the Fort Frances district and the other started in the Kenora district.

City Gets $15,000 Environmental Grant

The city is getting money to start a new tree watering program. Thunder Bay has been selected by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Tree Canada to receive a $15,000 grant from the TD Green Streets program for its Tree Bag Watering Program. Thunder Bay is one of 21 municipalities selected to receive a grant. This is the second year Thunder Bay has received a TD Green Streets Grant. Last year the grant helped launch the new Citizen Pruner Program.

Cats Claim First in Of Second Half

The Thunder Bay Border Cats finally got their first win of the second half with a 7-2 drubbing of Alexandria yesterday at Subway Field. The Cats now have a record of 1-3. That series wraps up with the Beetles tonight starting at 7:05.

Missing Person Found

Thunder Bay Police have found a woman who was reported missing. They had been asking for the public's help in locating a missing 20 year old woman. Robin Janine Renee Mishenene was reported missing last Thursday. Police say she was found on May Street.