99.3 THE RIVER NEWS – FEB 7/18

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February 7, 2018 | by: johnoshea

(ALL NEWS STORIES PROVIDED BY MBS NEWSROOM)

MEN’S CURLING TANKARD CHAMPIONSHIP

Miramichi is gearing up to host to the province’s top curlers starting this
evening. The 2018 New Brunswick Papa John’s Pizza Men’s Tankard Championship
gets underway tonight at the Miramichi Curling Club. At stake is a chance to
represent New Brunswick at the Time Hortons Brier National Men’s
Championship. Opening ceremonies take place this evening at 5:45.

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TOBACCO FINE

A Miramichi man has been fined more than 22-thousand-dollars after police
seized 12,000 illegal ciggarettes from his vehicle in Campbellton.
63-year-old David Joseph Kelly’s vehicle was pulled over by the RCMP in
Campbellton in October after they received a tip he was buying illegal
tobbaco from across the border in Quebec. The Tribune reports Kelly was fined
a total of 22, 643 dollars for illegal tobbacco possession and lost tobacco
taxes. Kelly told court he can only afford to pay 100-dollars a month – at
that rate it will take the 63-year-old 19 years to pay off the fine.

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DRUG SEARCH

A 46-year-old man has been arrested after the RCMP searched a home in
Caraquet and seized suspected drugs, guns and cash. Police searched the home
on Saint Simon Road on Friday and seized what they believe to be cocain along
with two improperly stored firarms, cash and drug paraphernalia. Police say
charges are pending.

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MGSR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Miramichi Ground Search and Rescue is looking for volunteers. The group helps
look for missing people, often working alongside police. Two public
information sessions are being held this week at the Mairamichi Ground Search
and Rescue groups headquarters on Thornycroft Street for anyone interested in
joining. Those sessions take place tonight at 7pm and on Saturday at 10am.

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WAIT TIMES

The New Brunswick government is investing 25-million dollars to reduce
hospital bed wait times in the province.

Premier Brian Gallant says the funding will help hire new physicians and
nurse practioners as well as implement a dementia strategy.

He says more details on how the money will be disbursed will be revealed in
the coming months.

New Brunswick Medical Society C-E-O Anthony Knight says the investment is
positive news for the province and that it will help shorten the wait for
hospital beds.

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FISH DRAW

Applications are now open for anglers who want to fish regular Crown reserve
waters in New Brunswick.

Those waters are comprised of 20 prime salmon stretches on the Miramichi and
Restigouche river systems.

Anglers have until March 2nd to apply for a two-day permit to fish a section
of the waters with draw results to be available on March 26th.

Last year, 436 of the 693 draw applications were successful.

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