Monday, March 23, 2009

Podunk Below the Masthead, Friday, March 20 2009

Tales of the homeland of the Dalai Lama, talks with a coalition of powerline proponents and changes on the waterfront highlight the Friday edition of the Daily News...

THREE AND A HALF MONTHS IN INDIA, A GREAT EXPERIENCE-- The Daily News auditions for shelf space with National Geographic as the front page, headline story in Friday's paper featured the travels of a former Prince Rupert resident. The Daily outlined the journey of20 year old Alex van Vianen, who spent some of her teenage years in Rupert and recently returned from a trip to India with her boyfriend.

Also in Friday's paper, more speculation as to the fate of the Highway 37 Powerline as First Nations leaders meet with members of the coalition of powerline proponents to discuss the next steps in the project. The powerline project was first introduced by the provincial government as a way to open up the Highway 37 corridor north of Terrace to development, though local First Nations have expressed concerns over the pace and scope of the development without proper consultation.

The Minnette Bay Ship Docking sale got a page two mention as the Daily News reviewed the terms of the sale of the local marine interest to Dutch owners, a sale we first highlighted on this blog in the early hours of Friday morning.

With the recent Inlander Fire still fresh in their reader's minds, the Daily News had Phylis Bowman recount many of the more dramatic fires in Prince Rupert's past.

The Sports section featured a preview of annual Prince Rupert Figure Skating Club's year end show and the latest results from the Friendship House junior boys as they continue their winning ways in Port Alberni. The annual Daily News hockey pool entry sheet also held its featured spot on page seven.

Photo's once again made up a good portion of the Friday paper, whether it was the Van Vianen travelogue photos from India and Tibet, hard working Daily News employees working the presses or more of Prince Rupert's children at play on the ice.

Total pages in Friday's paper (14)

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