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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - January 11, 2016

Flag raising

Photos
Heather Latter

Alzheimer Society of Kenora-Rainy River Districts volunteer Ellen Gagné, left, and Mary O’Connor, client services co-ordinator, joined Mayor Roy Avis in raising the flag at the Civic Centre on Friday afternoon to mark January as “Alzheimer Awareness Month” in Fort Frances. Alzheimer Society events this month include an Alzhimer “coffee break” hosted by Rainycrest this Wednesday (Jan.

Interim tax bills to be approved

News
Staff

With in-depth work on the 2016 budget about to get underway, town council will vote tonight on a bylaw to institute an interim tax levy.

As in previous years, the interim levy is equal to about half of the total amount of taxes property owners paid in 2015.

Interim tax levies are a means to secure revenue to keep operating while council determines the final tax rates for 2016.

Nominations slated

District
Staff

Nominations for the upcoming Couchiching First Nation election will take place this Wednesday (Jan. 13) from 6-9 p.m. at the multi-use building.

The nominations are for one chief and six councillors.

Election day is Wednesday, Feb. 24.

There will be a single polling station at the multi-use building that day.

Bridge open to one lane

District
Staff

The Nipigon River bridge on Highway 11/17 was re-opened to a single lane of traffic this morning.

Police received a report around 3:15 p.m. yesterday that the bridge had lifted, blocking traffic.

Police arrived on scene and noted the west side of the bridge had lifted about 60 cm.

No injuries or vehicle damage occurred as a result of this incident.

Semi-final battle

Photos
Joey Payeur

Ashton Cousineau (18) and Declan Webb of the Fort Frances PeeWee ‘AA’ Canadians brought down the barricade on highly-touted prospect Daimon Gardner of the Warroad Lakers during their semi-final meeting at the Canadians’ 10-team home tournament yesterday at the ’52 Canadians Arena. Gardner had a short-handed goal in the third period to help Warroad prevail 6-3.

Silver nabs crown

Sports
Joey Payeur

Chris Silver’s rink acted like a vehicle that hadn’t been plugged in this past weekend.

But once his quartet warmed up, they got up to full speed in a hurry.

Muskie girls split road action

Sports
Joey Payeur

Attention to detail—and to defence—paid dividends for the Muskie girls’ hockey team over the weekend.

The black-and-gold went 2-2 in four exhibition games in Thunder Bay against teams of various competitive levels.

Fort High fell 6-1 to the Confederation College Thunderhawks on Friday, with former Muskie captain Amy Penner burning her old team for a pair of goals.

Lakers trade for twins

Sports
Joey Payeur

It’s the closest thing resembling a slide that the Fort Frances Lakers have experienced so far this season.

But the cavalry is on the way—led by a pair of twin brothers who are coming home.

The Lakers lost back-to-games for the first time this season after falling 3-1 to the Thunder Bay North Stars here Friday night.

Kane gets last laugh on Jets

Sports
Judy Owen
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—Buffalo Sabres’ forward Evander Kane got the last laugh yesterday afternoon.

Kane assisted on the game’s final empty-net goal, which gave Sam Reinhart a hat trick and the Sabres a 4-2 win that halted their six-game losing skid.

Kane was playing his first game against the team that traded him last Feb. 11 in a multi-player deal that many fans considered good riddance.

Jackpot swells to $1.3 billion

National
The Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb.—Disappointed you didn’t win the Powerball jackpot on Saturday night?

Don’t be.

Lottery officials say the prize has swelled to an estimated $1.3 billion, which is the world’s largest. Ever.

“Biggest jackpot in the history of the world. Absolutely confirmed,” Texas Lottery executive director Gary Grief said.

Supreme Court holds assisted dying hearing

National
Kristy Kirkup
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Supreme Court of Canada held an oral hearing today as it mulls whether to grant the federal government’s request for a six-month extension in response to its historic ruling on doctor-assisted death.

Survival tales lead bleep-filled Globes

National
Jake Coyle
The Associated Press

Two frontier survival tales, “The Revenant” and “The Martian,” led a bleep-filled Golden Globes where the star power of Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Jennifer Lawrence was challenged only by the relentless mocking of the show’s beer-wielding host, Ricky Gervais.

Tentative deal for jail staff

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario’s correctional workers have given up their right to strike in the latest round of contract negotiations with the government.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union and the government reached an agreement early Saturday morning after a meeting with a mediator.

Even though fewer US teens are smoking, secondhand smoke remains a big problem for them

Health & Wellness
The Associated Press

CHICAGO Even though fewer U.S. teens are smoking, secondhand smoke remains a big problem for them, a government study found.

Nearly half of nonsmoking kids in middle school and high school encountered secondhand tobacco smoke in 2013, and rates were even higher among smokers.

Mavs dump T’wolves

Sports
The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS—Before his team took the floor against the Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota coach Sam Mitchell was asked about Dirk Nowitzki’s ability to still carry his team after 17 NBA seasons.

Mitchell praised Nowitzki’s experience and ability to “get it done,” then the 37-year-old forward proved it against the inexperienced Timberwolves.

Spieth romps to tourney title

Sports
Doug Ferguson
The Associated Press

KAPALUA, Hawaii—The view from the top looks as spectacular as ever for Jordan Spieth.

He was standing in the 18th fairway yesterday at Kapalua, his victory in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions easily secured, when his thoughts were interrupted by a comment from caddie Michael Greller: “Way to make a statement.”

The statement was nearly as big as his eight-shot victory.

Missed field goal sinks Vikings

Sports
Dave Campbell
The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS—Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks needed more than three quarters to warm up at Minnesota.

Then the Vikings kicked away their chance to beat the two-time defending NFC champs.

’The Revenant,’ ‘The Martian’ survive a bleep-filled Globes

International
By Jake Coyle The Associated Press

Two frontier survival tales “The Revenant” and “The Martian” led a bleep-filled Golden Globes where the star power of Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jennifer Lawrence was challenged only by the relentless mocking of the show’s beer-wielding host, Ricky Gervais.

Ringling Bros. circus to end elephant acts in May amid concerns about treatment

International
By Tamara Lush The Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is ending its elephant acts a year and a half early and will retire all of its touring elephants in May, amid concerns that circuses have mistreated the animals.

With no weekend winner, Powerball jackpot swells to $1.3B

International
By Josh Funk The Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. Disappointed you didn’t win the Powerball jackpot this weekend? Don’t be.

Lottery officials say the prize has swelled to an estimated $1.3 billion the world’s largest. Ever.

“Biggest jackpot in the history of the world. Absolutely confirmed,” Texas Lottery executive director Gary Grief said.

David Bowie dies of cancer

People
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—David Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals, and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer yesterday.

He was 69 and had just released a new album.

A Super Bowl mind meld: Guac and potato skins in one bite!

Recipes
By Alison Ladman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

For this easy Super Bowl snack, we combined two of our favourite game day indulgences — guacamole and roasted potato skins.