99.3 The River News – Jan 9/18

January 9, 2018 | by: johnoshea



The new Federal Public Service Pay Centre in Miramichi wil open it’s doors to
the public on Friday. Pay centre employees expected to be gradually moved to
new 85-million-dollar facility between now and April. The new Pay Centre on
the Victoria Avenue Extension is hosting an opne house for the public this
Friday, January 12th. Visitors will be required show photo ID and limited
tours of the new building will be offered at 1pm and 2pm Friday afternoon.



The province is investing 2-million-dollar to convince tourists explore New
Brunswick’s five official scenic drives. The money will be used for marketing
tools and new sigange to encourgae tourists to get off the main highways and
travel the scenic routes, including the Miramichi River Route and the Acadian
Coastal Drive.

Salmon management

Don’t expect to be able to keep and eat the salmon you catch in the Miramichi
anytime soon, according to Brunswick News.

Ottawa and stakeholders have been meeting to set up a new management plan for
the salmon. Robert Otto of the Atlantic Salmon Federation says that doesn’t
mean “catch and release”, which has been effect for three years now, will be
relaxed anytime soon. If anything, conservation limits will likely be set
even higher to preserve what fish remain.

Rogersville budget and amalgamation

Rogersville recently finalized its budget keeping the tax rate where it is.

Village manager Angele McCae told the Leader that will help with development
of a new school …and possible amalgamation of other area communities. the
tax rate stayed at $1.48 per $100 but the village had to borrow money for
some projects.

McCae thinks they’ll be good for at least a couple of years. She also says
possible amalgamation of other communities in the area will help broaden the
tax base making balancing the budget easier.


Butane Leak

A butane leak prompted the evacuation of several homes and businesses on the
East Side yesterday.

The rupture was in a pipeline that runs from the Refinery to Canaport.
Bayside Drive, River Avenue, First Street East, Second Street East and part
of Spruce Avenue were shut down and people were told to avoid the area.

Irving Oil said during testing it detected an isolated operational issue with
one of its pipelines and it was fixing it.

Extra police and fire fighters were brought in as well as Irving’s own
emergency response team.



Provincial taxpayer’s will step up with half-a-million-dollars for a plan
that would see a hydro-electric turbine in a Dalhousie water pipe.

Dalhouise has been frustrated over a lack of committment from Ottawa.

The province hopes the 500-thousand-dollars towards the proposal will help
bring Ottawa to the table.

The 1.1 million dollar project would see a 99 kilowatt turbine in the
oversized Charlo Dam water line, which could generate 80-to-100-thousand
dollars for Dalhousie each year.



Pressure from Jim Irving led former premier David Alward to switch natural
resources ministers, says Bruce Northrup.

The shuffle came months after Irving, the co-CEO of J.D. Irving, sent a
letter to the Tory premier, expressing frustration that Northrup seemed
opposed to increasing how much Crown land should be made available to

The boards, meanwhile, are losing their ability to negotiate wood prices on
behalf of their members.

JDI has stopped buying any wood through the Sussex-based SNB board and has
expanded that practice to other territories.



The Leafs gave up a two goal lead with five minutes left and lost 3-2 in
overtime to the Blue Jackets in the only NHL game.

On the hardwood…DeMar DeRozan had 35 points as the Raptors edged the Nets
in Brooklyn 114-113 for their fifth win in a row.

Alabama beat Georgia 26-23 in overtime to win its fifth national championship
since 2009.

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