Sunday, April 26, 2009

Podunk Below the Masthead Friday, April 24, 2009

City streets could see more bike traffic in mid May, a wind of setback blows in for NaiKun and wolf tales once again dominate the local conversations. Some of the items of interest from Friday's Daily News.

COMMUNITY INVITED TO PUT THE MEDAL TO THE PEDAL-- Prince Rupert is about to join many other communities in the annual Bike to Work week awareness campaign, as local cycling enthusiasts get out the message. From May 11 to 17 Rupertites are invited to leave the car keys at home and hop on their bikes, marking the first time that the north coast will be involved in the campaign. Local businesses are getting involved either as a way of sponsoring the week long effort or organizing their workers to take part.

Local sporting goods story Farwest Sports is taking the project to heart, with the plan to offer a celebration station outside the store on 1st Avenue West during the week long project as well they will be offering free spring safety checks and daily prizes for those that drop into their shop from 7:30 to 9:00 am.

While the wind continues to blow on the north coast, the pace of progress on the NaiKun wind project has run into a setback as the company's application for a formal review was rejected after a number of "deficiencies" was listed.

First Nations concerns were among some of the deficiencies identified, as well as worries over accommodations for the volume of temporary workers expected to take part in the construction phase of the project.

Other concerns that might have been of interest seemed to have disappeared from the story, further details promised for page five, seemed to have gone missing as they weren't featured on page five nor on any of the other pages of the Friday edition.

Spring seems to be wolf time in Prince Rupert, as more and more people finally get out of their homes and eventually cross paths with a wolf or two around the city. Friday's paper outlines the latest in local wolf sightings around the Omineca Avenue area of the city.

The election campaign continues on and the Daily News continued on with their candidate profiles this time featuring the Green Party candidate Lisa Girbav. They also continue on with their Pressing Question, the Friday version asking "Is the Recognition and Reconciliation Act the right way forward for the province and the many First Nations' communities in BC?"
We'll outline the candidates answers later on the blog with an item dedicated to that question, as well as provide the Girbav biography in full.

Prince Rupert Youth Soccer is underway for another year and the sports section featured some background on this years season and the challenges that soccer in the spring can bring to the city.

Total pages in Friday's paper (18)

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