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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 25, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba Tuesday Landers column CFL PREVIEW sg TOYOTA A nicer to feuy a car ACCeSS TOYOTA 40418th Street Product Advisor Mayor miffed at casino decision BY ROD NICKEL Brandon Sun The city signalled it wants to negotiate Brandons first urban reserve with Sioux Valley Dakota a move Mayor Reg Atkinson called the biggest mistake we could ever Were asking for nothing but he Its a lifetime decision and not only our life It will be 200 years and someone will be cursing Council voted to express to the province its interest in start ing negotiations with Sioux Council voted 74 in favour of the Councillors Doug Rick Dave Todd Ken Marion Robinsong and Errol Black voted while Atkinson and councillors Margo Don Jessiman and Beth Smale voted In a bizarre turn of council was then set to vote on a motion to hold a fall plebiscite to decide the coun cillors voted again over Atkinsons protests to with draw the This will signal to the rest of Manitoba that Brandon is aggressive and is moving ON PAGE A2 COUNCIL PUTS BIG BOX STORES ON HOLD said Robinsong said agreeing to negotiate will improve relations with aboriginal Councils resolution falls well short of endorsing the It is carefully worded and intended to satisfy a 1 provincial deadline for the band to find municipal support but keep the city from making a Its not our fault were at the llth said who compared the bands recent request for support to completing a school assignment the day before its Sioux Valley received provin cial authority to build a casino two years SEE CITY PAGE A2 COLIN SUN Sioux Valley band councillor Ken McKay rear watches the Brandon city council meeting with city economic development officer Marlow Kirton yesterday evening at City INSIDE Classified FOR SALE Opal oak captains bed Details under LOCAL B8 EDITORIAL THATS SPORTS Airline has licence reinstated Story on Page A2 Pet horse finds new home near Melita BY SHELLEY VIVIAN Brandon Sun the pet miniature horse that caused a stir in Souris earlier this has found greener pastures further Town council in Souris voted unanimously June 3 to give Vern Millar 30 days to get rid of his horse from his Millar said the tiny horse was more like a dog and deserved to but council would not Melitaarea resident Eva Brown had always wanted one of the diminutive equines so when she heard about Millars battle with council over keeping of the she jumped in to offer it a home on her For the move means not only new digs but some new romantic Im going to get him a Brown Im looking for a friend for him The longtime Souris residents argument that the which is 35 inches tall at the highest point of his should be considered a pet rather than didnt wash with While there were few com plaints from residents about the Souris mayor Jack Denbow said the rules couldnt be bent for one Souris has no bylaw that deals specifically with what kinds of animals are allowed inside town limits and based its decision on a zoning bylaw that addresses loca tion of SEE INCIDENT PAGE A2 750 tax included o 61 9156 6 Farmers behind after dry spring BY KYLA DUNCAN Brandon Sun Dry soils have been replen ished with recent rains but Brandonarea farmers say they are still playing a game of catchup with crop develop Farmers in southwestern Manitoba have seen anywhere from six to eight inches of rain in the past two but the wet didnt come soon enough to reverse the effects of a cool Most cereal and specialty crops are behind anywhere from 10 days to two weeks because of almost droughtlike soil conditions in the past few If soil moisture levels do not remain consistent throughout the producers fear it could translate into crop loss and feed We were quite critical on hay and pasture a couple of weeks ago we had very little spring The rains over the last couple of weeks have helped green those up and get them says Stephanie Brandonarea agricul ture Lischka says there was a concern farmers wouldnt see a hay crop at all before soil mois ture conditions Hugh a cattle and beef operator east of says dry soil conditions have stalled feed growth by at least 10 I think well have enough hay until we get some new crop coming Its going to be close says Melitaarea farmers turned cattle out two weeks before the pasture was The cattle were out whether it was too early or producers had no We were basically out of says Shane Melita area agriculture Dobson said most farmers have anticipated the shortage by planting backup feed oats and People are preparing them selves for less of a first cut hay Our yields are going to be down people are looking at other options for says People were changing their plans at the last minute making sure they looked after their feed situation The rain didnt come soon enough for farmers near Also facing a feed farmers are looking at poor canola crops this COUN SUN Hugh Jameson stands in a field of alfalfa at his farm outside Brandon yesterday Crops are approximately 10 days to two weeks behind because of a dry Were not sure how far this moisture will Were fairly certain we will need continual ly rain throughout the summer to sustain crop says Were still delaying with the legacy of the dry soil with many of the oil seeds canola in hav ing late The rain has come too late to correct that Day says many farmers replanted canola but the season is too far advanced to see any bountiful Jameson did not have to replant any of his but says he will rely on some back up feed crops like oats and bar ley to cover the hay shortage he expects this Jameson says he is hoping Mother Nature cooperates this I guess if we knew what kind of fall we were going to have we wouldnt have to An early frost is going to catch a lot of says adding he would like to see a steady shower every week for the rest of the sum Agriculture representatives report soil moisture conditions in southwestern Manitoba are now good to excellent dugouts and dams are replenished and some farmers fields have some Amphibious tour boats halted following tragedy BY STEPHEN THORNE Canadian Press OTTAWA Transport Canada temporarily shut down amphibious tour operations across the country yesterday while it inspected their vessels following a fatal accident on the Ottawa The urgent inspections were to be completed today pro viding they met oper ators would be allowed to resume said department spokesman Peter The measure was taken as contract divers investigated the site where four people died when the converted Ford F350 truck in which they were riding sank within spitting distance of a dock on Transportation Safety Board investigators expected to pull the called the Lady out of 12 metres of water by next They were just starting their but already some issues were evident The same vessel was involved in a similar flooding incident last without injuries the final accident report has yet to be issued but officials say the company made recom mended modifications and met Transport Canada The vessel was last inspected May Gatineau emergency ser The wafer was coming over the windshield and once it did the boat plum meted pretty much to the It hap pened very As soon as the water got over the it was BOAT OWNER MARIO DEMERS vices didnt have the equipment to conduct a rescue in water that deep and dark an Ottawa dive crew was called for but it was 90 minutes after the incident occurred before it arrived and more than two and a half hours before it recovered the There are not many police or fire departments in Canada of our size that are equipped 24 hours a seven days a week with scuba divers able to be on site right said police Yves In most youve got to call Sometimes theyre home sometimes theyre So youve got to build your team before sending the team in the SEE COMPANY PAGE A2 R HOME CALL 7270527 ;