Saturday, May 23, 2015

District

District sees one fire

Two fires were reported in the Northwest Region yesterday afternoon, including the first one in Fort Frances District in about two weeks.
Fort Frances Fire #11 was located about 20 km east of Atikokan.
FireRanger crews fought it with hand tools, pumps, and hose.
It was declare “out” at 0.1 hectares in size.

Solar farm cuts ribbon

Rainy River First Nation has harnessed the sun and stands to benefit from it greatly over the next 20 years!
An official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last Thursday at the 25-megawatt solar farm it spearheaded and is running just northeast of Pinewood.
Band manager Dean Wilson welcomed a crowd of dignitaries and guests to the site, noting the project was more than six years in the making.

Fishing season looks promising

With Saturday marking the opening of walleye season, local angler Dale LaBelle, of LaBelle’s Birch Point Camp on Northwest Bay, said the conditions are great—and should stay that way.
“We were pretty busy this weekend at the camp,” he noted.
“There were lots of people who came out who are just day fishermen,” LaBelle said. “Our parking lot was full. . . .

Fishing season looks promising

With Saturday marking the opening of walleye season, local angler Dale LaBelle, of LaBelle’s Birch Point Camp on Northwest Bay, said the conditions are great—and should stay that way.
“We were pretty busy this weekend at the camp,” he noted.
“There were lots of people who came out who are just day fishermen,” LaBelle said. “Our parking lot was full. . . .

Fire scene stays quiet

The region’s fire scene was quiet over the long weekend.
No new fires were reported yesterday or Sunday, and just one new fire reported on Saturday—a 0.1-hectare blaze that spread into the grass from a brush fire located in Grassy Narrows (Kenora District).
That fire was declared “out” within the day.

Quiet on fire scene

Just one new fire was confirmed in the Northwest Region yesterday.
Sioux Lookout Fire #11—a human-caused blaze—currently is classed as “not under control” at 0.1 hectares in size.
This was the only active fire as of press time today.

Kids’ garden club still has some spaces left

Despite the drop in temperatures this past week, the Fort Frances Community Garden is gearing up for its kids’ club—and still has some spaces available.
“We can definitely accommodate more kids, for sure, if there’s interest,” said Elaine Fischer, a member of the Fort Frances Community Garden committee, noting about a dozen have registered so far.

Students focused on mental health

Student across the district took part in a variety of activities during Education Week last week, but most important was the focus on mental health.
“What we tried to do this year was link Mental Health Week and Education Week together because the two issues very much reinforce one another,” said Casey Slack, superintendent of education for the Rainy River District School Board.

Job action not aimed at students

Rainy River District School Board elementary students likely didn’t notice any change at school so far this week despite the teachers beginning “Phase 1” of their work-to-rule strike action on Monday.
“It’s targeted at the Ministry [of Education] and board administration,” said Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) Rainy River Teacher Local Monica Armour.

One fire reported

One new fire was confirmed yesterday afternoon in the Northwest Region.
Nipigon District Fire #11 spread from a fire in forestry equipment to the surrounding bush.
Initially classed as “under control” at 0.1 hectares in size, it is now “out.”

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