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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 25, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba In Brief Missing man's body recovered from lake The body of a North Dakota man missing for three days has been recovered from Rock Lake in the Rural Municipality of Argyle. An RCMP dive team recovered the body of Steve Michael Schottenbauer yesterday afternoon. Schottenbauer, 51, is believed to have fallen overboard while fishing. Schottenbauer was reported missing after he failed to return from a fishing excursion. Later that day, Schottenbauer’s boat drifted to shore with no one aboard. Chomiak names IS to interim RHA board Health Minister Dave Chomiak has named 15 people to the interim board of the new Assiniboine Regional Health Authority. The health authority, which is expected to be formally established July I, is the result of amalgamation of the Marquette and South Westman RHAs. The board will be co-chaired by Robert Bone and Bill Bryant, the current chairs of the respective units. The interim board will govern the new region until a permanent board is appointed in April 2003. — Brandon Sun Keystone •/ Air Services has licence reinstated WINNIPEG — A Manitoba airline whose plane crashed on a Winnipeg street had its flying licence reinstated by Transport Canada yesterday and has resumed carrying passengers. Keystone Air Services had its licence pulled after an early probe into the June ll crash that injured seven people showed the plane was out of fuel and did not have a mandatory auto-pilot in operation when it went down. Susan McLennan, a spokeswoman for Transport Canada, said Keystone was given its licence back following a two-day inspection of the airline’s operation over the weekend. Keystone also provided government inspectors with an eight-point action plan, she said. McLennan would not outline the details of the plan, but said it includes “action related to fuel management and remote fueling practices.” A relative of three of the people hurt in the crash blasted the Transport Canada decision. Sheila Floodman, a Kansas resident whose son, father and brother were on the Piper Navajo Chieftain said the move does not make sense. “I have a mutilated father who lost a leg, whose life is still in jeopardy so the fact that (Keystone) has a nice, new policy manual does not impress me a bit,” Floodman said. “Transport Canada had an opportunity to keep that plane on the ground and instead they’re letting it back in the air. My family’s life has been altered forever.” — Canadian Press Lotteries PICK 3    6,4,7 SCHOOL DAY 2 — GARBAGE DAY 3 CONTACT US Circulation.........................727-0527 Switchboard......................727-2451 Newsroom.........................571-7430 Toll free..................1-877-786-5786 Sports................................571-7442 Advertising...................,....571-7400 DEATHS COOKE, Michael J. (1910-2002). FARGUSON, Eugenia “Inga” of Fairview Home, Brandon. FOLAND, Agnes (Jerri) Joyce (Nee French) of Swan Lake First Nation. GEEKIE, Kathleen (Kay) of Strathclair. HARRISON, Elmer Harold (Fuzz), bom in Carman. KELLY, Jane Ann, 99 years old. RICHARD, Raymond Arthur, of Brandon. TARNOWSKI, Joseph Thomas, born rn Brandon. TURNER, (Margaret) Jean, passed away in Calgary, Alta. City could leave itself open to lawsuit: mayor CONTINUED FROM PAGE Al Band councillor Ken McKay said everything hinged on last night’s vote. “That (was) do or die. Finally we can start negotiating a casino site in Brandon.” Atkinson said passing a motion sup portive of starting talks leaves the city open for a lawsuit if negotiations fail. The minister responsible for gambling, Steve Ashton, was unavailable for comment. His spokeswoman said she didn’t know whether the resolution satisfies the province’s requirement. The $20-million project would bring 300 more video lottery terminals and 12 gaming tables to Brandon, creating an estimated 400 full-time jobs. The band would receive 70 per cent of net profits, although it will likely cut up its share to pay Casinos Austria to operate it. Assuming the city and band can agree on payment for city services, it will still BRANDON SUN FILE PHOTO Vern Millar hugs his miniature horse, Ranger, at their Souris home earlier this month. A Melita-area resident gave Ranger a new home after Souris town council told Millar he had 30 days to remove the horse from his property. Incident nothing but trouble, Millar says CONTINUED FROM PAGE Al Elwin Swan, chief administrative officer, says the town will likely look at developing a new bylaw or amending its animal control bylaw, which deals only with cats and dogs, to avoid similar problems in the future. Millar is reluctant to comment. He says the whole incident, which gained national exposure, has caused him nothing but trouble with local residents. “I have been very severely criticized, so I have to let it die,” a dejected Millar says. He doesn’t plan to follow through on his threat to buy the “biggest bloody dog” he can find to replace Ranger. “That was just in jest.” Ranger relocated last week. While he has no other horse companionship at the moment, Brown says he’s had lots of company, including many curious humans who’ve stopped in to have a look. “He seems happy. He’s got a big pen and he’s had a lot of visitors so far... and I have three goats that can come and go in the same pen as him.” Company president "devastated’ by situation CONTINUED FROM PAGE Al Witnesses described watching in disbelief as the enclosed Lady Duck plowed into the water while trying to make the dock at a marina across from Parliament Hill. A dozen people were on board. “The water was coming over the windshield and once it did the boat plummeted pretty much to the bottom,” said Mario Demers, a boat owner. “It happened very quickly. As soon as the water got over the windshield, it was seconds.” Everyone went under with the boat, said Demers, and seconds later began popping up as marina members took to their boats. Four passengers — a 66-year-old woman and a 43-year-old mother and her two daughters, ages 13 and five, were trapped inside and died. Transport Canada has halted all operations of Amphibus-Lady Dive Inc., the Ottawa company that ran Lady Duck. A company spokesman said its president, Daniel Beauchenes, was contacting the relatives of all the passengers. “He is devastated by the situation and is sending condolences to the families who suffered losses,” Rene “We’ve been telling each other for years that these things were an accident waiting to happen PLEASURE CRAFT OWNER JEAN VANASSE Berthiaume told the Ottawa Sun. Weather conditions at the time were calm. A ferocious wind and rain storm swept through the area about an hour later. “We’ve been telling each other for years that these things were an accident waiting to happen,” said Jean Vanasse, owner of an eight-metre pleasure craft. “Most of the people who get on these buses have no knowledge of how to put a life-jacket on, especially in an emergency when you know you’re going down in the water and you’re stressed out.” Vanasse said the Lady Duck would list dramatically when it turned by the manna dock and a wake of any appreciable size threatened to swamp it. However, Transport Canada’s Coyles said stability tests were conduct ed on the Lady Duck and it met standards. Emergency crews were at the scene within eight minutes of Sunday’s accident but were without the equipment they needed — namely air tanks. “We’ve got equipment and we’re able to go fast and accurate when we’re talking about safety in the water but as soon as somebody is under the water, we’ve got a capacity to go for two metres,” said Martel. “After that, you need tanks. We don’t have that on board.” Vanasse said one diver in the initial response team was able to reach the vehicle within minutes but couldn’t remain under long enough to do any good. About 50 people gathered on the dock as rescue crews waited in rubber dinghies just metres away. People were shouting at the rescuers to go in, not realizing they didn’t have the equipment to do the job. The river is currently high and fast and very murky from sediment carried from the shore, Vanasse added. Investigators are considering whether the same faulty valve that caused the Lady Duck to begin sinking before it beached last summer may be behind Sunday’s accident. take the federal government up to two years to convert the casino’s single acre into a reserve. The band also needs to choose and buy land, secure investors and finish up a management agreement with Manitoba Lotteries and a governance agreement with the province. Delay puts big box stores on hold By Rod Nickel Brandon Sun Construction of two giant Staples and IGA stores in the south end is on hold after city council heard concerns from neighbours. “We want to welcome them to town but we have legitimate concerns,” said Coun. Doug Paterson (Assiniboine). “... I see a lot of problems here.” Council delayed a decision on a conditional use order for the project until July 8. Shindico Realty and Canadian Tire Corp. want to see the new stores built east of Canadian Tire, north of a marsh and facing 18th Street. Aberdeen Avenue resident Ross Eastley urged council to reject the development until a walking path is in place along Aberdeen and measures are taken to ease traffic. He suggested completing 14th Street to Richmond Avenue and installing traffic barriers on Aberdeen. East-bound traffic would then visit the new stores by the Aberdeen entrance while west-bound motorists would use a new access off 14th. “This would create a buffer zone between a residential area and a commercial area,” Eastley said. Shindico and Canadian Tire Corp. have agreed to jointly contribute $6,800 to the establishment of a walking/bicycle path along Aberdeen Avenue. The main access is proposed for Aberdeen with a loading dock access off 14th for most trucks. In a surprising move, Canadian Tire dealer Merv Dillabough raised concerns about the project that the corporation with which he’s affiliated is attempting to complete. He said the Aberdeen entrance may attract too many big trucks, causing a hazard. He urged the city not to allow the entrance to be narrowed to create more parking spaces. There was also an objection from South End Lumber on 13th Street. The owner is concerned that the stores are too big for the site, will cause a drainage problem and will block the lumberyard’s visibility from traffic, said Wes Norosky. “Anyone of us can say yes to large commercial development but we have to have the right game plan,” he said. Coun. Rick Chrest said he’s concerned that the project might not be planned to encourage further big-box development in the area. “This is like the Polo Park area of Brandon.” The project would be the largest commercial development in Brandon since Shoppers Mall expanded two years ago. No timeline for construction has been released. The office supply giant would use 25,000 square feet while the grocery would occupy 43,000 square feet. Staples alone would employ 35-45 people. Brandon Sun’s Forecast Western Manitoba Forecast Cloudy with sunny breaks in the morning with more breaks in the afternoon. Winds light. High 25. Humidex 30. 1-900-565-WeattMrr Weather On Demand lil.Sfl/ininufc Tonight Clear Low 14 Thursday Mainly sunny with cloudy periods High 31. Low 15. Tomorrow Sunny High 28 Low 13 / / I / / n ' / / i H: 25 / mf L: 14 /jv / v f ' ' Friday Mainly sunny with cloudy periods High 34 Low 15 Saturday Mainly sunny with cloudy periods High 29 Low 13 UV forecast Today s UV index Time to bum: Skies today tonight Sunrise: 5:31 a m. Sunset 9:52 p m Moonrise 11:06 p.rn Moonset: 5:57 a rn. a • c o July 02 July 10 July 17 July 24 Brandon’s almanac today Temperature Normal Record Last year Yesterday Precipitation Today s Normals 4 7mm Yesterday    13    4    mm High    Low 233“    10.9“ 33.371964 3.371958 23.1°    14.7“ 25“    18.2“ heal Uke    •    Carberry    I cloudy 25/14 Variably cloudy 25/14 T-showers 21/13 • • • rn Portage la Prairie Brandon    T-showers    21/13 Variably cloudy 25/14 •    •    Kearney Variabiy cloudy 25/14 I U.S. today tomorrow Bismarck pcloudy 30/15 p cloudy 31/15 Boston cloudy 23/17 tstorms 26/18 Chicago p cloudy 31/21 tstorms 28/18 Dallas tstorms 31/21 tstorms 33/22 Denver tstorms 32/15 tstorms 32/13 Fargo tstorms 28/17 p.cloudy 28/18 Houston tstorms 31/22 tstorms 32/22 L Angeles p cloudy 23/16 p cloudy 22/16 Miami tstorms 28/24 tstorms 29/24 New York tstorms 27/21 tstorms 31/20 Phoenix cloudy 43/28 p cloudy 42/28 S Fran windy 21/12 windy 22/12 Salt Lake Cp.cloudy 36/18 pcloudy 35/18 San Diego p cloudy 21/16 p cloudy 21/16 Seattle cloudy 25/13 cloudy 25/13 Tucson cloudy 42/24 p cloudy 41/24 Washingtontstorms 32/23 tstorms 31/22 | Canada \ today tomorrow Calgary p.cloudy 30/13 p.cloudy 30/12 Charlottetwnm. sunny 18/13 pcloudy 22/11 Churchill p. cloudy 16/10 p.cloudy 23/8 Edmonton rn.sunny 29/16 p.cloudy 30/12 E Ste van p cloudy 26/15 sunny 28/13 Dauphin p.sunny 25/14 p.cloudy 28/14 Fredericton rn.sunny 27/13 p.cloudy 26/12 Halifax rn.sunny 24/13 p.cloudy 23/12 Kapuskas’g showers 23/15 rain 25/10 Lethbridge p.cloudy 32/15 p.cloudy 31/14 Moncton rn.sunny 25/11 p.cloudy 25/11 Montreal showers 22/18 showers 29/17 North Bay tshowers 25/19 showers 27/16 Ottawa rain 22/19 showers 29/17 Pr Albert p cloudy 26/14 p cloudy 30/16 Pr George showers 21/12 rain 23/10 Pr Rupert showers 14/11 rain 15/11 Quebec C. p sunny 23/13 showers 25/13 Regina p. cloudy 25/13 sunny 29/14 Saint John rn. sunny 23/12 p.cloudy 20/9 Saskatoon p cloudy 27/14 pcloudy 31/16 St. John s showers 9/6 p cloudy 18/8 Sudbury tshowers 28/18 showers 27/15 Swift Cur. rn sunny 28/15 p.cloudy 30/16 Thunder B p cloudy 24/15 showers 25/11 Toronto tshowers 31/21 tshowers 30/19 Vancouver cloudy 20/15 p cloudy 23/14 Victoria cloudy 19/12 p cloudy 23/11 Whitehorse p. sunny 17/4 cloudy 17/6 Windsor rn. sunny 33/22 tshowers 31/19 Winnipeg tshowers 21/13 pcloudy 28/14 Yellowknife p cloudy 21/13 p cloudy 22/12 I Resorts today tomorrow Acapulco Barbados Bermuda Cancun Cuba Dom R Montego B Nassau Puerto Rico p cloudy p cloudy p. cloudy tshowers tstorms tshowers sunny p cloudy sunny 36/27 tstorms 30/25 sunny 30/24 pcloudy 34/24 tshowers 32/24 tshowers 31/24 tshowers 33/25 pcloudy 29/26 p cloudy 31/26 p cloudy 34/27 30/26 30/24 34/23 34/24 30/23 33/25 30/26 31/26 ©TWN Commercial Services 20C ;