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Massena man found in possession of more than 100 grams of marijuana at police check point

DAILY COURIER-OBSERVER

ROSSIE — State police on June 2 charged Adam Ortiz, of 59 Ames St., Massena, with misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

Troopers charge at 11:33 a.m. on June 2 at a state police and United States Border Patrol checkpoint on Route 11 in the town, Mr. Ortiz was a passenger in a 2000 Lincoln LS and was found to be in possession of about 117 grams of marijuana following a border patrol K-9 preliminary exterior check of the vehicle.

Mr. Ortiz was issued a ticket returnable to Rossie Town Court.

 

Code talker day back on the table

Navajo Code Talkers Day is only two months away and Delegate Raymond Smith this week led a charge to reinstate the day as a paid holiday for the Navajo Nation.

“I’m pleading with the members of HEHSC (Health, Education and Human Services Committee) to support putting this back on as a paid holiday,” said Smith, whose dad was a code talker. “We are losing our code talkers. A lot of descendants are asking to have that day back and have a day off work to honor the fathers who went out there in World War II.”

 

Senate passes pot bill, paving way for legal cannabis in 8 to 12 weeks

Peter Zimonjic · CBC News

Senators have voted to pass the federal government's bill legalizing recreational marijuana by a vote of 52-29, with two abstentions, paving the way for a fully legal cannabis market within eight to 12 weeks.

"I'm feeling just great," said Sen. Tony Dean, who sponsored the bill in the Senate. "We've just witnessed a historic vote for Canada. The end of 90 years of prohibition. Transformative social policy, I think. A brave move on the part of the government."

Dean said he thought the Senate functioned well throughout the process and he was proud of the work the Red Chamber did.

Court-appointed official moves to 'forever' bar 147 residential school cases from compensation hearings

Jorge Barrera · CBC News

A court-appointed official tasked with transferring thousands of residential school cases from a disgraced Calgary law firm wants 147 claims barred from ever entering abuse compensation hearings despite evidence some could qualify for payouts, according to recent filings.

Retired B.C. judge Ian Pitfield requested the B.C. Supreme Court rule the 147 cases be "forever barred" from entering the Independent Assessment Process (IAP), which was created by the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement to set compensation levels for survivors who suffered abuse, according to a June 6 filing.

Future of AFN, promised Indigenous rights bill flashpoints in national chief election

Jorge Barrera · CBC NewsJorge Barrera · CBC News

The Assembly of First Nations race for national chief began officially on Wednesday and at stake for some candidates is the very future of the largest Indigenous organization in the country.

Five candidates, including incumbent National Chief Perry Bellegarde, are vying to lead the AFN at a time when it faces a flurry of legislative activity from the Justin Trudeau Liberal government, including a proposed bill to recognize Indigenous rights.

The nomination deadline for candidates was 11:59 a.m. on June 19.

Human remains left at doorstep of Inuit organization

Leah Hansen · CBC NewsLeah Hansen · CBC News

A box containing human remains was dropped off anonymously at the Ottawa offices of a national organization representing Inuit on Tuesday morning, a gesture that the group's president says may have been well-meaning but was ultimately painful and wrongheaded.   

The box contained a human jawbone, with several back teeth still intact, as well as several Inuit artifacts, including a carved whale vertebra and a wall hanging.

The package also contained a note, one that prompted more questions than answers, said Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, a national organization that represents the interests of Inuit in Canada.

State warns of rash caused by parasites at popular beach near Glens Falls

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MOREAU -- The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is distributing educational pamphlets about swimmer's itch at Moreau Lake beach after two families reported skin irritations following a visit to the beach.

Swimmer's itch, or cercarial dermatitis, is caused after certain microscopic parasites come into contact with a swimmer and burrow into their skin. The parasites die soon after, but may cause an allergic reaction and rash that can last several days, federal and state health officials report. It seldom requires medical treatment.

Canadian shoppers still coming despite disagreement between nations over trade

LARRY ROBINSON - Watertown Daily Times

OGDENSBURG — Despite the recent disagreement between President Donald J. Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over international trade, there appeared to be no shortage of Canadian shoppers in Ogdensburg on Tuesday.

A dozen cars sporting Canadian license plates could be seen in the parking lots of Walmart and Price Chopper. Shoppers spoken to said they have been crossing the southern border for years to spend their Canadian dollars, and will continue to do so, despite disagreements over trade between Ottawa and Washington.

Massena village trustees take action on former Massena School of Business building

BOB BECKSTEAD - Watertown Daily Times

MASSENA — After getting no response from property owners over the past two years, Massena’s code enforcement officer and mayor say it’s time to declare the former Massena School of Business building an eyesore and begin measures to clean it up.

“The property known as the old School of Business is in the process of falling apart on us. The property owner is out of state. For the last two years they have been notified,” Code Enforcement Officer Aaron Hardy told village trustees Tuesday.

Headliners strum at Drum

MATT UNDERWOOD / WATERTOWN DAILY TIMESChris Janson and his band headlined Mountainfest on Wednesday night at Fort Drum. Mr. Janson, the youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry, had a Top 5 hit in 2015 with his first release, ‘Buy Me a Boat.’ Each year, the Division of Family, Morale, Welfare & Recreation holds the all-day Mountainfest, including rides and other family activities and a fireworks finale. It’s the seventh time that AmeriCU, a nonprofit financial institution founded in 1950 at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, has sponsored the ‘Salute to the Troops’ tribute concert.

 

 

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