Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Podunk Below the Masthead Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Northern Expedition arrives, Kitkatla looks to leave SD 52 and the federal and provincial governments bring their wallets. Among the items of interest in the Tuesday paper.

IT'S BEEN ALONG JOURNEY BUT SHE'S HERE... SHE'S HERE!-- The first glimpse of the BC Ferry the Northern Expedition is provided with a front page photo to go along with Tuesday's headline, front page story. The short story accompanying the photo explains what the process will be for the ferry's introduction to the North coast, with about a month of training to take place on the North coast before the vessel comes into service in Mid may.

Elsewhere in the Daily News was a page one story about the possible departure of Kitkatla from the School District 52 line up. Kitkatla is considering going it alone, following the lead of Lax Kw'alaams which set up its own school a few years ago. A project which has had mixed reaction in Port Simpson and has increased the cost of education in that community. Acting Superintendent Dave Stigant recently met with Kitkatla band members to listen to their concerns and to seek out some common ground on the issue, hoping to dissuade the Kitkatla council from leaving the School District 52 family.

Page three presented a review of the spending spree announced on Monday by Forests Minister Pat Bell, who brought glad tidings from Stockwell Day of the Federal Government and tales of infrastructure monies from both levels of government.

The BC Rail scandal also got a quick look over on page three, while page twelve continues on with the curious string of stories from the Fort St. John area, with another item from Hiedi Irvine, a reporter in the Peace Country who is getting almost as much ink in Prince Rupert as the local reporters are.

The Sports page featured more details on the recent basketball tournament in Kitimat and a look at the success of Kelcie German, who has been named to the Northern BC under 18 female hockey team for the second year in a row.

Total pages in Tuesday's paper (12)

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