Police summary Dec. 17-23

Police summary Dec. 17-23The following is a summary of police activity in the Central Plains Area (Portage la Prairie, Treherne, Amaranth and the surrounding Rural Municipalities). The reporting dates are between 2018-12-17 and 2018-12-23. During this time period, police responded to 225 calls for service including: Traffic violations; 75 Traffic Offences (Highway Traffic Act), 16 Vehicle Collisions, 0…

RCMP 2018 Holiday Checkstop Stats – Week 3

RCMP 2018 Holiday Checkstop Stats – Week 3Week three of the RCMP Holiday Checkstop Program, from December 17-23, 2018, has resulted in: 68 checkstops conducted across Manitoba with approximately 4000 vehicles checked 21 people charged with Impaired Driving (Alcohol) 2 people charged with Refusing a Breath Demand The highest blood/alcohol reading reported was .220 (almost three times the legal limit) 6 alcohol-related…

Merry Christmas

Merry ChristmasIt’s Dec. 25, most of the holiday rush and stress is hopefully behind, there’s a blanket of white covering us and a light, fluffy snow is falling making it a picture-perfect Christmas day. Merry Christmas one and all.    Mickey Dumont/Citizen photo

Giving a bit extra

Giving a bit extraPortage la Prairie RCMP Inspector Jarrid St. Pierre and School Liaison Officer Cst. Pam Ellis were just two of many Portage la Prairie RCMP employees to donate their time this Christmas season, in support of the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign. Twitter

Manitoba Christmas Bird Count Results 2017/18

Manitoba Christmas Bird Count Results 2017/18Results for Manitoba counts View a chart of the Manitoba CBC Results here (as per Audubon results data) Christmas Bird Count 2017/18 Robert Parsons One year on the Christmas Bird Count (CBC), my partner for the day said to me “This is the one birding event I do a year.”  Examples such as these, while…

Former Island of Lights displays relit

Former Island of Lights displays relitThe PRRA is digging into the Christmas lights vault at City Hall. “These lights were just sitting around and we took a look at what would be appropriate around Stride Place,” said Portage Regional Recreation Authority Inc. boss David Sattler. If you have recently visited the island you will have noticed the festive candy cane…

Hospital heliport prepares for final approval

Hospital heliport prepares for final approvalJust the second STARS Air Ambulance helipad in the province of Manitoba, the Portage District General Hospital heliport saw its final inspection from Transport Canada on Dec. 12. The Portage la Prairie heliport will see increased use as STARS performs test flights, part of the final certification process. "Overall, we are very happy with the…

Stakeholders hear Manitoba/local tourism industry rosy and busy

Stakeholders hear Manitoba/local tourism industry rosy and busyMickey Dumont The Portage Citizen In a luncheon last this week to tourism stakeholders, Colin Ferguson Travel Manitoba CEO and Vern May, executive director of Portage Regional Economic Development, explained that maybe not all tourism roads lead to Manitoba and Portage la Prairie, but many do and others are getting used more. Colin Ferguson President and…

United Way helps Herman Prior Activity Centre with Community Response Grant

United Way helps Herman Prior Activity Centre with Community Response GrantWhen the commercial freezer in the main kitchen at the Herman Prior Activity Centre recently quit, administration at the non-profit once again had to look at finances to juggle numbers to see what would work. "We contacted United Way and they were able to help us out in our dire need," Herman Prior Activity Centre Executive Director Chris…

Report leaves Portage provincial electoral boundary unchanged

Report leaves Portage provincial electoral boundary unchangedThe Electoral Division Boundaries Commission (EDBC) today released its final report regarding electoral boundary changes outlining how and why 56 of the 57 provincial electoral divisions boundaries have been adjusted. Portage is the sole electoral division to remain unchanged. The EDBC was established in January, 2018 to review all provincial electoral division boundaries as required…