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Fort Frances Time Online Edition - January 19, 2017

College launches celebration year

News
Nicholas Donaldson

The Rainy River District campus of Confederation College hosted a small gathering last Wednesday to launch a year of celebration in conjunction with the Thunder Bay-based college’s 50th anniversary.

Refreshments were served as staff, students, alumni, and other guests looked over a timeline of the college’s history.

Town council hoping MPAC explains itself

News
Duane Hicks

Fort Frances council is hoping for an explanation from the Municipal Property Assessment Corp. for a nearly $13-million loss of assessment between last year and this year.

Before council even looks at its 2017 budget, this loss of assessment equals a shortfall of $210,000 that will have to be accounted for.

Medical pot centre opens doors

News
Duane Hicks

A medical marijuana wellness clinic—focusing on pain management and cannabis therapies—is now open for business in Fort Frances.

Rainy River Cannabis Collective (RRCC), a licensed and insured “joint” venture of husband-and-wife Angela and Brad Olson, opened its doors at 520 Scott St. earlier this week.

Drivers warned to put away phones

District
From the OPP

The Rainy River District OPP would like to remind members of the public that using hand-held communication devices is an offence under the Highway Traffic Act.

If you have an A, B, C, D, E, F, and/or G licence, you’ll face bigger penalties when convicted of distracted driving:

Outage rescheduled

District
Staff

A Hydro One power interruption, originally scheduled for this past Tuesday, has been rescheduled for next Tuesday (Jan. 24).

The outage will affect 1,051 Hydro One customers living in Couchiching FN, Halkirk, Red Gut FN, Farrington, Watten, and Rainy Lake 18C FN.

The interruption will take place from 11 a.m. -noon.

This is a planned maintenance outage.

Sixth Street sewer, water upgrade on radar in Rainy River

District
Duane Hicks

The Town of Rainy River has plenty on the go in 2017.

The largest project on the horizon is the complete sewer and water rehabilitation of Sixth Street.

“We did the start the preliminary work with the engineering firm,” Rainy River Mayor Deb Ewald told the Times last week.

“They’ve done their preliminary stuff.”

Couchiching member earns prestigious academic accolade

District
Cameron Penney

Aaron Mills’ dedication and interest in academics and research has paid off with national recognition.

The Couchiching First Nation member, a University of Victoria Ph.D. Law and Society student, recently was awarded the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Talent Award—one of five Impact Awards presented by the SSHRC.

Abattoir struggling despite ‘buy local’ trend

District
Nicholas Donaldson

Local food is becoming more and more important for people who care about what they eat and where their food comes from.

Despite this growing trend, however, one cornerstone of the local food market—the Rainy River District Regional Abattoir in Emo—finds itself continuing to struggle financially.

Jean paces squad

Sports
Staff

It wasn’t often last season that Maggie Jean was held off the scoresheet.

After being blanked last week, she wasn’t about to make it a habit.

The reigning Golden Boot Award winner netted her first two goals of the new season to help Kicker Instinct take over first place in the Borderland Women’s Indoor Soccer League with a 5-1 thumping of Tough Enough last night at Fort High.

Fleury rink dumps Beaudry in opener

Sports
Staff

The new kids on the block were hanging tough until the more experienced band showed they still have the right stuff.

Lakers dumped

Sports
Staff

The Fort Frances Lakers left Thunder Bay last night seeing “Stars” yet again.

Nicholas Nigro and Jake Robinson each tallied twice as the host North Stars remained perfect this season against the Lakers with a 6-1 pounding in the opener of their home-and-home series.

The rematch is set for tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Lakers dumped

Sports
Staff

The Fort Frances Lakers left Thunder Bay last night seeing “Stars” yet again.

Nicholas Nigro and Jake Robinson each tallied twice as the host North Stars remained perfect this season against the Lakers with a 6-1 pounding in the opener of their home-and-home series.

The rematch is set for tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.

‘Rusty’ Muskie boys fend off Eagles

Sports
Joey Payeur

How did the Muskie boys’ hockey team look after not playing for 19 days?

Pretty much like a team that hadn’t played in 19 days, at least early on.

The black-and-gold eventually shook off the rust and skated to a 4-2 win over the Dryden Eagles in NorWOSSA play Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Muskies shine in first home ski meet

Sports
Joey Payeur

When something is the first of its kind, it retains a special kind of significance that lasts through the ages.

So will be the case for the Muskie Nordic skiing team, which hosted its inaugural home meet last Wednesday at the Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club trails on Rocky Inlet.

Newest Lakers off to good start

Sports
Joey Payeur

A normal catalyst for a player trade is the gradual build-up of dissension between the player and his head coach.

That’s not the story in the cases of both Jessie Heisz and Brett Pickler.

The two joined the Fort Frances Lakers at the CJHL trade deadline Jan. 10 and already have provided positive contributions to their new team.

Bonot accepts long-shot status at regionals

Sports
Joey Payeur

Winning a national championship is the goal of every serious competitive curler.

But as for winning two of them in the same season . . . well, Trevor Bonot is not going to get ahead of himself just yet.

Puck battle

Photos
Joey Payeur

Muskie Brandon Kocuiba, left, and Nathan Kiddie of the Dryden Eagles crossed paths—and sticks—as they waged war to get to the puck during Fort High’s 4-2 win in NorWOSSA action Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Nice donkey

Photos
Joey Payeur

Mike Thayer hoped some pre-game affection might soothe his savage beast as he participated for Team Fort Frances in the “Dairyland Donkey Ball” fundraiser at Falls High School last night. The event was held to raise money for the Falls’ Class of 2017 for its upcoming trip to the eastern U.S. in the spring.

Medical pot

Photos
Duane Hicks

Master grower Brad Olson, along with wife and business partner, Angela, have opened Rainy River Cannabis Collective at 520 Scott St., where they are ready to help patients find cannabis treatments for pain-free living, as well as provide hydroponic growing kits and quality lifestyle and medicine enjoyment gear.

College memorabilia

Photos
Nicholas Donaldson

Various Confederation College memorabilia was on display during the launch event for the college’s 50th-anniversary celebrations held last Wednesday at the local campus here. Other items open to guests were the sign-in book and a timeline of the college’s history.

1 in 4 US men have cancer-linked HPV genital infections

Health & Wellness
By Lindsey Tanner The Associated Press

CHICAGO — The first national estimate suggests that nearly half of U.S. men have genital infections caused by a sexually transmitted virus and that 1 in 4 has strains linked with several cancers.

Most human papillomavirus infections cause no symptoms and most disappear without treatment. And most adults will get an HPV infection at some point in their lives.

Europe’s Galileo satellites hit by anomalies

Technology
The Associated Press

PARIS — The European Space Agency opened an investigation on Thursday into anomalies that have affected five of the first 18 Galileo satellites in orbit.

The agency, which launched the navigation system last December, said however that the failures are not affecting the satellites’ proper functioning.

UK court rejects bid for bridge to be recognized as sport

International
The Associated Press

LONDON — Bridge players who want the card game recognized as a sport have lost their latest legal bid in Britain.

The Court of Appeal in London on Thursday upheld an October 2015 ruling backing Sport England’s refusal to put bridge in the same category as badminton, billiards and ballroom dancing.

30 missing in central Italy avalanche that buries hotel

International
By Colleen Barry The Associated Press

MILAN — An avalanche buried a four-star spa hotel in a mountainous earthquake-hit region of central Italy, leaving at least 30 people missing, authorities said Thursday.

Iran says not worried, has options if Trump axes nuke deal

International
The Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Iran’s foreign minister said Thursday his country isn’t worried and has options if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump ditches a nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six world powers.

Despite “grievances” that Iran has over the pact made with the current U.S. government, Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran still believes it should be honoured.

Israel’s national library acquires famed Judaica collection

International
The Associated Press

JERUSALEM — The National Library of Israel said Thursday it has acquired what is considered the world’s greatest private collection of Hebrew books and manuscripts.

The Valmadonna Trust Library contains some 10,000 items including a 15th century copy of the Hebrew Bible and one of the only two surviving copies of a 16th century Passover manuscript from Prague.

Raccoons recover at California zoo after cross-country ride

Life
The Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. — Baby raccoons that inadvertently hitched a cross-country ride to Northern California are recovering at the Oakland Zoo.

Animal care authorities said Tuesday that in September a man had unknowingly transported the raccoons from Florida to Marin County in a moving truck.

World’s primates facing extinction crisis, new report says

Science
By Seth Borenstein The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Gorillas, monkeys, lemurs and other primates are in danger of becoming extinct, and scientists say it’s our fault that our closest living relatives are in trouble, a new international study warns.

Earth sets hottest year record for third-straight time,

Science
By Seth Borenstein The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Earth sizzled to a third-straight record hot year in 2016, with scientists mostly blaming man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino that’s now gone.

Study finds global warming could steal postcard-perfect days

Science
By Seth Borenstein The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Global warming is going to steal away some of those postcard-perfect weather days in the future, according to a first-of-its-kind projection of nice weather.

Finally, an explanation of strange African ‘fairy circles’?

Science
By Seth Borenstein The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The forces behind the mysterious “fairy circles” that dot a desert in southern Africa do not appear to be supernatural, but they are intricate and complex.

NASA study in Hawaii paving way for human travel to Mars

Science
By Caleb Jones The Associated Press

HONOLULU — A group of NASA-funded researchers are poised to enter an isolated geodesic dome on a remote Hawaii volcano to study human behaviour in long-term space exploration, including a planned voyage to Mars.

The six scientists enter their new home Thursday on the Big Island’s Mauna Loa volcano for an eight-month stay.

For date night on the cheap, try Alaskan King Crab legs

Recipes
By Melissa D’Arabian The Associated Press

Nothing says indulgence like noshing on some seriously giant Alaskan King Crab legs.