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Public outcry overturns logging plan

Abitibi-Consolidated has shelved plans to log the Reef Point Road-Hopkins Bay Road-Bay Road area for fire and shelter wood—plans which had sparked a public outcry last month.

“We can’t log there without adversely affecting the land values,” local mill manager Jim Gartshore said Monday. “The areas will be declared surplus and not logged.”

Salvation Army giving out Christmas hampers

It was organized chaos Monday morning as grade eight students from St. Francis School here helped to get the Salvation Army’s Christmas hampers ready for distribution starting today.

The assembly line of children feverishly raced around the large room full of food and toys, picking out what needed to be in the hampers for each of the 230 families who will receive one this year.

Nault scolds mayor for challenge

Local MP Robert Nault criticized Mayor Glenn Witherspoon yesterday for repeating a challenge for hospital funding.

“My response to the mayor, which is not usually one done through newspapers—I would prefer the mayor give us a phone call—is I sent a letter to him some time ago outlining our National Infrastructure Program which would help health capital.

Town taxes to jump two percent

A re-assessment year will mean a tight budget for Fort Frances in 2001.

Taxes were raised two percent but the town still will have far less spending money next year because of lost revenue totalling $334,915 due to provincial re-assessment.

Besides increasing taxes, council Monday night also cut the contingency fund established to cover un-budgeted costs throughout the year.