Date Updated 07/05/2012 5:22 am
Thursday, July 5th, 2012
A crop dusting pilot is recovering today after the helicopter he was piloting crashed near Russell. The crash occurred late yesterday morning south of Silverton, which is about 8 kilometres east of Russell. The Bell 206 Jet Ranger owned by a company from North Bay, Ontario lost control while spraying crops in the rural farmland area. The helicopter was destroyed upon impact but the male pilot was able to exit the aircraft and walked to a farmyard for help. The extent of injuries are unknown at this time, he has been taken to hospital for treatment. RCMP and Transport Canada continue to investigate.
Riding Mountain National has completed a series of environmental surveys to check the impact of upcoming construction on highway 10 at kilometre 49. Over May and June, site visits and surveys were conducted by both archeologists and biologists. They were trying to identify any species at risk, or artifacts of historical or cultural significance. The findings resulted in ruling out one area for placing construction materials as it was found to have golden warblers – an at risk species. Construction on highway 10 will begin next week, and the construction zone will extend for 12 kilometres from the north park boundary. Travellers should expect some delays.
Mounties are asking for help in investigating a triple collision in Brandon.
A Chevrolet Tahoe and a Dodge SX 2.0 were stopped on Veterans Way waiting for traffic to clear and turn left onto Curtis Road around 4-15 p-m on Tuesday.
R-C-M-P say an approaching semi pulling a livestock trailer swerved to the right onto the gravel shoulder of the road to avoid a collision. That created a big dust cloud hampering visibility and caused a 2004 Kia Spectra following the semi to ram into the back of the stopped Dodge, which then crashed into the back of the Tahoe. Police say the driver of the semi trailer may have been unaware of the crash and continued east without stopping.
Premier Greg Selinger is travelling to Thompson today to christen the province’s newest hydroelectric project. Manitoba Hydro spokesman Glenn Schneider said the first of Wuskwatim dam’s three huge turbines began churning out power on June 22nd. The 200-megawatt generating station on the Burntwood River, about 45 kilometres southwest of Thompson, has taken six years to build. It was built to supply more power to Hydro’s northern customers and the domestic market. It’s also the first hydroelectric project in which Manitoba Hydro has an aboriginal community as an equity partner.
The Manitoba government will be giving more money to foster parents.
Basic child maintenance rates are going up 150 dollars per child on October 1st. The province says it will also be providing more training and mentorship opportunities. There are nearly 5-thousand foster families across Manitoba.
Family Fun Weekend
Winnipegosis will be front and centre this weekend as this weekend’s biggest event in the Parkland kicks off tomorrow. The annual Family Fun Weekend has a ton of events for the whole family. Barrett Procysyn, the Chair of the Winnipgosis Rec Commission says the family fun weekend is being held in the downtown area. The 1st ever movie in the village starts tomorrow night at 9:30. There’s also beverage gardens, a pedal tractor pull, and a performance by the Asham Stompers. The family Fun Weekend lasts all weekend, and costs 5 dollars for adults.