Saturday, January 17, 2009

Podunk Below the Masthead January 2009

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, 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.

January 30-- MAYOR HOPES CITY CAN FIND A WAY GRAB FED'S FUNDS--Prince Rupert Mayor Jack Mussallem seeks out ways to access Federal infrastructure funding for the city (see story here).

January 29-- EXPERT CHARTING THE BEST COURSE FOR CRUISE INDUSTRY-- A Newfoundland professor suggests that BC is following the wrong course when it comes to the cruise ship industry (see story here)

January 28-- BUDGET IS SLAMMED BY MP FOR FAILING TO DELIVER-- Budget Day in Ottawa leaves the local NDP MP unimpressed at the Conservative offerings (see story here)

January 27-- THREAT OF OIL SPILL RAISED AT HAIDA’S OCEAN FORUM-- Day two of the environmental conference on Haida Gwaii examines the threat of oil tankers to the north coast (see story here)

January 26-- OCEAN FORUM EXPRESSES ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS-- The Queen Charlottes is host to an environmental conference tracing some of the past troubles and where the future may lead (see story here)

January 23-- PORT FEELS BUOYANT DESPITE WORLD ECONOMIC DOWNTURN-- While the economic news seems disconcerting on a daily basis, the Port Authority of Prince Rupert is still feeling pretty positive about its ventures in the city (see story here)

January 22-- NORTHERN LEADERS GATHER TO PREPARE FOR OPPORTUNITIES-- The Premier hosts a northern summit in Prince George to explore the state of the Northern economy in the province (see story here)

January 21-- BC FERRIES LAY-OFFS ANGER, WORRY NORTH COAST MLA-- With layoff announced and concerns being raised at the state BC Ferries, the local MLA Gary Coons voices his concern (see story here)

January 20-- SHOWDOWN BETWEEN POND AND COONS IS CONFIRMED-- The Liberal party of BC officially announce the name of Herb Pond as their candidate in the upcoming provincial election (see story here)

January 19-- OTTAWA SET TO HEAR NORTH COAST’S BUDGET WISH LIST-- Nathan cullen takes the economic message from the North coast back to Ottawa for budget day (see story here)

January 16-- TRUSTEES DO HOMEWORK PICK NEW SITE FOR SCHOOL-- After a controversial first choice was shot down by city zoning, the Pacific Coast school finds a new home downtown (see story here)

January 15-- SCHOOL CLOSURES SCARRING CITY STUDENTS SAY TEACHERS-- Closures of two east side schools have caused some major problems for the remaining elementary schools on that side of town suggests the PRDTU (see story here)

January 14-- AGREEMENT BETWEEN HAIDA AND PROVINCE IS WELCOMED--The Haida Nation and the provincial government sign a number of agreements on conservancies for Haida Gwaii (see story here)

January 13-- UNCERTAINTY STILL HURTING PORTS WHILE TALKS DRAG ON-- While the talks between the BCMEA and the ILWU continue on, concerns grow over diverted container ships and any lasting problems from that (see story here)

January 12-- CONTAINER-INSPECTION SITE MOST ADVANCED IN CANADA-- Ridley Island is now home to one of the most modern of Container inspection facilities in the nation (see story here)

January 9-- SOME HOMEOWNERS GETTING A BIGGER BANG FOR THE BUCK-- Property Assessments arrive in local mailboxes with the rate of assessment holding the line from last years numbers (see story here)

January 8-- CHARLOTTES REELING FROM ANOTHER BLOW TO FORESTRY -- Major job cuts come to the Queen Charlotte forestry industry (see story here)

January 7-- ISLANDERS GIVING CANADA POST STAMP OF DISAPPROVAL-- The ongoing saga of frustrating mail service on the Charlottes gains another chapter (see story here)

January 6-- BLAST OF EXTREME WEATHER TESTS LIMITS OF RUPERTITES-- Prince Rupert's unusual bout of winter weather stretches the resources of the city and its citizens (see story here)

January 5-- CREWS SWING INTO ACTION AS CONTAINER TRAIN DERAILS -- A container train derailment at Fairview combined with the nasty winter weather makes for a long day for work crews (see story here)

January 2-- PORT STRIKE THREAT LOOMS AS SIDES GET AROUND TABLE -- The clock begins to tick as negotiations continue past a deadline for job action in the dispute between the BCMEA and the ILWU (see story here)

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