Saturday, August 30, 2008

Podunk Below the Masthead August 2008

A daily look at the BIG TYPE headline of the Podunkian Daily News..

We'll list that day's BIG STORY, the one the Daily puts out in the big type just below it's masthead, for all Podunkians to ponder..

There will be a link to this feature on the right hand side of the blog..

On Wednesdays and Friday's you can access all the stories of the Daily News free on their website (though for most of August that wasn't the case), on the remaining days you end up at a dead end, asking you to go purchase your paper, for (as Paul Harvey would say) the rest of the story.

AUGUST 29-- WIND ENERGY PROJECT GETS THUMBS UP FROM COUNCILLOR-- The Queen Charlottes express their enthusiasm for a project wind energy project (see story here)

AUGUST 28-- TEAMWORK AND COMMITMENT MOST IMPORTANT FOR TOURISM -- The stratagies needed for a successful North Coast Touris industry were up for discussion at a recent conference in town. (see story here)

AUGUST 27-- METLAKATLA RESIDENT DEMANDS FIRE DEPARTMENT REINSTATEMENT-- Fire protection and local politics come up on the radar across the harbour in Metlakatla (see story here)

AUGUST 26-- HAIDA HERITAGE CENTRE GRAND OPENING A RESOUNDING SUCCESS-- The official opening attracted a large group of officials and residents to join in on the celebrations. (see stoy here)

AUGUST 25-- RUPERT CITIZENS DISPLEASED WITH CITY’S ‘UNUSUAL’ CONTRACT -- Controversy jumps to the headlines as a backlash against the Mayor's hiring of the wife of the City Manager comes up for discussion at City council (see story here)

AUGUST 22-- LOCAL FIRST NATIONS REFLECT ON COALBED MORATORIUM-- The controversial plan to extract coalbed methane gets a review (see story here)

AUGUST 21-- NEW TOURISM PLAN ON THE TABLE -- Tourism Prince Rupert prepares to release details of a comprehensive survey into tourism issues in the region (see story here)

AUGUST 20-- HUGE WEEKEND FOR HAIDA GWAII -- Haida Gwaii prepares to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Haida Heritage Centre (see story here)

AUGUST 19-- SHELL DECIDES TO HOLD OFF ON COALBED DRILLING-- Shell decides that they'll take a break from their plans to drill for coalbed methane in the Sacred Headwaters (see story here)

AUGUST 18-- MERCHANTS REACT TO LOSS OF WEDNESDAY CRUISE STOP -- The annoucement from Royal Caribbean that they are pulling out of Prince Ruper in 2009 found the Daily News learning the mood of the business community on the decision (see story here)

AUGUST 15-- ROYAL CARIBBEAN TO DROP WEDNESDAY SAILING IN 2009-- One of the major cruise lines that calls on Prince Rupert announces that they will be taking Rupert off their itinerary in 2009. (see story here)

AUGUST 14-- REFINERY GLITCH MAY SQUEEZE RUPERT GAS PUMPS -- Problems at Petro-Canada's Alberta refinery may leave local residents seeking out alternate gas stations for their fuel (see story here)

AUGUST 13-- POTASH FIRM’BULLISH’ ON RUPERT PORT PROSPECTS -- Despite a costly week on the stock exchanges Canpotex still expresses confidence in its plans to build a terminal at Ridley Island (see story here)

AUGUST 12-- ALASKAN ERUPTION SENDS ASH ACROSS PRINCE RUPERT-- A volcanic eruption in Northwest Alaska leaves Rupertites watching the skies as a trail of ash passes over (see story here)

AUGUST 11-- NAI’KUN INKS METLAKATLA POWER TRANSMISSION DEAL -- The Nai'Kun Wind Energy company comes to an agreement with Metlakatla over transmission route interests (see story here)

AUGUST 8-- FRUSTRATED GILLNETTERS FEAR DFO WILL CALL END TO SEASON-- North Coast Gillnetters wonder about what DFO's next move will be in the salmon fishery for 2008 (see story here)

AUGUST 7-- FOUR DEAD AFTER HELICOPTER ACCIDENT NEAR ALICE ARM-- A Helicopter crash northeast of Prince Rupert claims four lives (see story here)

AUGUST 6-- CRIPPLING UNEMPLOYMENT RATE STILL BLIGHTING RUPERT--The Regions unemployment rate continues to cause concern with a poor salmon season expected to add more to the ranks in the fall (see story here)

AUGUST 5-- DFO RETHINKS DAILY LIMIT FOR NORTH COAST SOCKEYE-- DFO considers its options for increasing the limit on salmon caught in the Skeena this season (see story here)

AUGUST 1-- 'BIGGER IS BETTER' AS PORT BREAKS YET ANOTHER RECORD-- The Port of Prince Rupert welcomes the Napoli as the latest and largest container ship to call on the Port since Fairview opened for business (see story here)

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