A non-motorized transportation plan for Sault, Michigan could be ready sometime next year. The city, the Sault Tribe and the Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning and Development Commission have been discussing a number of non-motorized initiatives, from biking trails to walking areas in the city. The regional commission is expected to give a number of updates about the plan over the next nine months.

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Sault Ste. Marie Man is Encore Winner

September 6th, 2011 by ssm.news

A Sault Ste. Marie man’s encore numbers came up in the August 27th Lotto 6/49 draw making him a 100-thousand dollar winner. Keith Hall is a regular Encore player. Hall just celebrated his 50th birthday a week before his big win.

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News Release from Algoma Nurse Practitioner-led Clinic

The Algoma Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic (NPLC) is pleased to announce the completion of construction to the facility and the beginning of patient registration. The first wave of registration will commence on September 12, 2011 with plans to open for patient appointments in October 2011.

Who can register?
“Local residents of all ages who live in Sault Ste. Marie or surrounding area
“Anyone who is currently not a registered patient of another physician/nurse practitioner in Ontario

When can you register?
“First registration process will run September 12th to September 23rd
“Registration will occur in waves so the clinic may process the registration forms and provide timely care to our patients
“Starting September 12th, visit the Algoma NPLC’s website for updates on registration at www.algomanplc.ca
How can you register?
“Electronic registration is encouraged and can be completed by visiting our website www.algomanplc.ca
“Forms will also be available at the SSM Public Library Main Branch from September 12-23, 2011, during library hours
“Individual forms must be completed for each person wanting to register
“Applicants will receive a letter confirming registration to the clinic

The Algoma NPLC is located at 443 Northern Avenue (on the Sault College campus) and will provide primary care to residents of Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding area who are currently unattached to a primary care provider (physician/nurse practitioner). The clinic provides comprehensive care to its patients, including health promotion, and chronic illness management. Patients who are registered with the clinic will be registered to a nurse practitioner and will have access to the clinic’s multidisciplinary team which includes a registered nurse, registered practical nurses, social worker, pharmacist, collaborating physician and administrative support staff.

The Algoma Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic is currently accepting applications for a nurse practitioner. If you are interested in working in this innovative model of primary care and would like to join our team please email your resume to recruitmentalgomanplc@gmail.com

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Mischief at Mountain View School in Goulais River

September 6th, 2011 by ssm.news

Sault OPP news release…

SCHOOL WINDOW DAMAGED

APPLES THROWN AT PASSING VEHICLES

(Fenwick Township, ON) – On Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 9:45 pm a window was reported smashed on the north side of Mountain View Public School in Goulais River.

A short time prior to this incident, the driver of a bus travelling southbound on Highway 17 in Goulais River reported a male throwing an apple at the windshield of the bus he was driving.

The bus was full with passengers.

The driver’s side window was struck which cracked the windshield.

A second vehicle had also been struck earlier.

The consequences of what could happen as a result of such a prank are serious, and could cause a serious motor vehicle collision on the highway.

Anyone with any information can call Crime Stoppers at 795-942-7867 or 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), submit an e-tip from the Crime Stoppers website at www.saultcrimestopprs.com or send a text to keyword SSM to the short code number 274637.

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Registration at the new Algoma Nurse Practitioner-led Clinic is set to begin next week and the clinic will be ready to start seeing patients at its location on Sault College Campus in October. That announcement today from Sault MPP David Orazietti. The clinic will have a staff of four full time Nurse Practitioners, 2-full time equivalent Registered Practical Nurses as well as using the services of a Registered Nurse, a Social Worker, Pharmacist and consulting Physician for a total of ten full time positions. The construction for the clinic has been completed.

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Sault Tribe votes to oppose Michigan Moose Hunt

September 6th, 2011 by ssm.news

Sault Tribe news release…

SAULT STE. MARIE, MICH. — The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians’ Inland Conservation Committee voted to oppose the proposed Michigan Moose hunt. At its Aug. 1 meeting, the committee cited biological concerns of a hunt’s impact on a fragile and uncertain population of 433 moose. The proposed hunt would take 10 bull moose in the fall after the rutting season, according to news accounts. The Department of Natural Resources was officially notified of the decision last week.

Under the terms of the 2007 Inland Consent Decree, the committee’s opposition effectively ends Michigan’ bid for a moose hunt, for now. “The Sault Tribe is not in agreement with the state of Michigan concerning the appropriateness of a moose hunt,” said Joe Eitrem, Sault Tribe chairman. “If at some other date the state takes another position on this issue, we will be happy to reconsider our position.”

Last year, the Michigan legislature passed Public Act 366 establishing a citizen’s Moose Hunting Advisory Council to look into the possibility of a moose hunt and authorizing the Natural Resources Commission to set regulations. Retired Upper Peninsula Field Deputy Jim Ekdahl chairs the council with members DNR Wildlife Division Chief Russ Mason, former DNR wildlife biologist Jim Hammill, Upper Peninsula Sportsmen’s Alliance member Mick Jarvis, West Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council member George Lindquist, National Wildlife Federation Jason Dinsmore and tribal representative Jill Witt, Little River Band. The council is charged with making a recommendation on the feasibility of moose hunting in Michigan.

Based on a report from DNR biologists, the advisory council agreed on July 20 to recommend a hunt of 10 bull moose in years following a population survey. Right now, the surveys are conducted every other year. Mason told the Mining Journal “his division doesn’t currently have the manpower or the funding to conduct more regular or intensive surveys.”

But the $4 applications and $100 licenses would pay for more, said Ekdahl. The hunt would be conducted by lottery.

The DNR report could not state with confidence the number of moose in the U.P. herd, or its stability — biologists don’t know if the herd is remaining the same, decreasing or increasing. Based on a model simulation developed by the biologists, a hunt of 10 bull moose “does not appear to reduce the bull to cow ratio to unsustainable levels,” but that depends on pregnancy rates of 70 percent or more. Right now, the pregnancy rate is calculated to be 71 percent. A hunt taking 20 bulls would not be sustainable, the model predicted.

Under the 2007 Inland Consent Decree, the state cannot hold a moose hunt without the tribes’ agreement. “For species designated as game species under Michigan law as of October 2006 (as also set forth in Appendix K), the issue shall be whether the state has a reasonable basis for prohibiting such harvests taking into consideration the tribes’ interest in allowing such harvests, provided that no harvest of moose shall be permitted by the state or the tribes unless the state and the tribes agree that such harvest is appropriate and agree on an allocation of such harvest.”

Citing the small population with a slow growth rate with low pregnancy rates, a great deal of uncertainty in moose population estimates and a state’s decision weighing too heavily on policy considerations over significant biological concerns, the Inland Conservation Committee voted to oppose a moose hunt at this time..

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Six of the Upper Peninsula’s higher education institutions have entered into an agreement that will help students complete a reverse transfer. This gives students the option of using a degree to enter the workforce while they continue on to a bachelor’s degree. Being able to work can be critical for some students in being able to complete a bachelor’s degree program. Lake Superior State University along with Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech are among the schools participating in the consortium agreement.

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Let’s Remember Adam

September 6th, 2011 by ssm.news

The Goulais North Community Policing Committee has unveiled their “Lets Remember Adam” billboard this morning – along Highway 17 near the Blueberry Flats, north of town – as a reminder to motorists to use extra caution around school buses. Adam Ranger was struck and killed infront of his house by a passing motorist as he got off a school bus eleven years ago. He was five years old at the time.

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No ChiliFest

September 6th, 2011 by ssm.news

The Sault Area Hospital Foundation’s Chilifest fundraiser has been cancelled for this year. In a release, the group says it takes a lot of time and effort to put the event on and after ten years, things just got behind this year – so they decided to cancel, with the intent of bringing it back next fall.

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Police Beat

September 6th, 2011 by ssm.news

City Police arrested 46 year old Katherine Harrison of East Street early yesterday morning – charging her with public mischief – for claiming she had been shot at by two people known to her, the night before, in the area of the railway tracks at Bruce and Wellington. A number of officers were dispatched to the area and came to conclude that no shooting took place.

53 year old Gerald Chretien of Dacey Road was charged with possession of property obtained by crime after an archery bow was pawned.

19 year old Thomas Agawa of Frontenac Street was charged with breaking into the home of a person known to him on Wellington East and stealing a number or items – that were later recovered at his address.

34 year old Patrick Woodcox of Albert Street was charged with attempting to steal welding and booster cables from a business on Great Northern Road.

An 18 year old male found passed out at a bus shelter on Bennett Boulevard was found to be intoxicated and in possession of a small amount of cocaine. A 41 year old male was charged with public intoxication when found sleeping it off at the North Street ball park. He was also wanted inconnection with a theft from the Station Mall liquor store.

Three males and two females were arrested over the weekend inconnection with unrelated domestic problems.

City Police were called regarding an attempted breakin to a home on Simpson Street. A home in the 300 block of Lake Street was entered and some medication stolen. And a business compound was broken into on Sixth Line.

There was another complaint of a vehicle being broken into – on Breton Road. Bicyles were reported stolen on Sussex Road and Market Street. There were also reports of a couple vehicles being vandalized and a rock thrown through a window on Queen.

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