99.3 The River News – July 5/18

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July 5, 2018 | by: johnoshea

(ALL NEWS STORIES PROVIDED BY MBS NEWSROOM)

RIVER CLOSURES

The recent heat wave has prompted DFO to close more that two dozen salmon
pools on the Miramichi river to fishing. 26 pools have bee closed as of today
due to high water temperatures and low water levels. The cold water pools
provide refuge for fish in such conditions. DFO says anyone planning to fish
the river is responsible for checking to see which areas are off limits. The
closures will be reassessed once river temperatures fall below 20-degrees for
an extended period.

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LOOSE MOOSE

A Moose was on the loose in Miramichi yesterday (Wed). Videos of the moose
wandering through residential streets in the CHatham area have appeared on
social media. Local realtor Lor Matchett posted on facebook the moose arrived
vai the water, swimming to shore near the Rodd Miramichi Motel on Wednesday
morning before making its way doen Loggie Drive. It was then spotted on King
Street and Henderson Street until eventually disappearing into the woods.

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RAFT UPDATE

Mounties say neither of the two victims of rafting accident on the Miramichi
River on Tuesday were wearing life jackets. A raft carrying 8 people
overtuned in Gray rapids, between Blackville and Renous, on Tuesday
afternoon. Six people were able to get to shore safely but a 29- year-old
woman and a 55-year-old man, both from nearby White rapids died. RCMP
confirmed to the LEader this morning that neith victim was wearing a life
jacket but declined to provide any other details about the investigation.

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TRANSIT BUSES

Four new buses have joined the Miramichi Transit Fleet.

The three 24 seat buses and one 14 seater were purchsed in part with federal
and provincial funding, including 152-thousand from the federal Public
Transit Infrastructure Fund.

Miramichi Grand Lake MP Pat Finnigan says … the new buses will improve
transit services for the people of Miramichi while getting more cars off the
road and making the city more environmentally sustainable.

Miramichi Mayor Adam Lordon says … with the municipality’s, province’s and
Ottawa’s shared purchase of the new buses, the community now has one of the
newest transit fleets in the country.

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BIKE STUNTER

A 31-year-old man is facing charges affter Miramichi Police clocked his
motorcyle travelling at more than 200km per hour.

Police say the speeding motorbike was first spotted on Route 117 but they
lost site of it after it crossed the Miramichi Bridge.

A short time later another officer found the bike speeding on Curtis Road.

The driver failed to make a turn at Curtis and the King George Highway and
eventually lost control.

The driver was not seriously hurt and police say he declined treatment from
paramedics.

They say the 31-year-old man, who is not from Miramichi, was arrested for
dangerous driving.
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DEAD WHALE

DFO says the carcas of a dead whale that washed up on the Acadian Peninsula
is not an endangered Right whale.

The badly decompased remains are making it difficult to positively identify
the species, but its believed to be a Minke whale.

At least three dead Minke’s have been spotted in the gulf so far this year.

While Minke’s aren’t considered endangered, the deaths are cause for concern.

Last year. 28 Minke’s were found dead along the US east coast.

Other dead Minke’s were spotted earlier this spring in the Bay of Fundy and
off the Coast of Cape Breton.
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BATHURST NEW STORE

The Northern Light says the Bathurst Supermall is about to get a new tenant.

This will be the second Great Canadian Dollar Store in the Chaleur region,
the other is in Beresford.

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MARITIMES MORE HEAT

The heat warning from Environment Canada remains in effect for today in the
Maritimes.

Temperatures should drop considerably during the day tomorrow. (Fri).

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FISH DISPUTE

A cross-border dispute that has simmered between Canada and the U-S for
centuries appears to be heating up.

A spokesman for fishermen in southern New Brunswick says in the past two
weeks at least 10 Canadian fishing boats from the province have been
intercepted by U.S. Border Patrol agents while fishing in the disputed waters
around Machias Seal Island.

The chairman of the advisory board for Lobster Fishing Area 38, Laurenvr
Cook, says some Canadian vessels have been boarded by American agents who
asked about possible illegal immigrants.

Machias Seal Island, which is about 19 kilometres southwest of Grand Manan
Island and east of Maine, is in a disputed area known as the Grey Zone, where
lobster fishermen from both Canada and the United States have long fished
side by side.

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SPORTS

A quiet day in the Majors; the Yankees, Red Sox and Blue Jays all have the
day off. Toronto will open a weekend series at home against the Yankees
tomorrow.

In Senior baseball; The Moncton Fisher Cast visit the Chatham Ironmen tonight
for a 730 start.
Tha Saiont John Alpines are home against Fredericton tonight at 730.

The World Cup in Russia is also on break today, action resumes with
quarterfinal play on Friday.

and one game in CFL tonight has Johnny Manzel and Ti-cats on the road against
Saskatchewan.

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