Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Podunk Below the Masthead Archives June 2009

Our archive of the daily headline findings from Prince Rupert's Daily News newspaper, this one for the month of June 2009.

June 30--HURRICANE GRADUATES LOOK TO THE FUTURE-- Charles Hays wished their graduates well with a celebration at the Performing Arts Centre last Thursday, the Daily News outlined the details of the CHSS Graduation ceremony as the front page, headline story. (see story here)

June 29-- No edition of the Daily News was published on Monday, June 29, 2009 owing to technical difficulties.

June 26-- RTI AND COAST TSIMSHIAN MAKE HISTORY ON THE DOTTED LINE-- It was hailed as an historic agreement between the management of Ridley Terminals and the First Nations of the Coastal Tsimshian, as participants from both sides outlined their new partnership for the two, which will see the Coast Tsimshian receive preferential treatment on contracts above $500,000. (see story here)

June 25-- RCMP AUXILIARY FORCE ACKNOWLEDGED AND INSTALLED -- The city's rather dormant auxiliary policing program got back into swing with an installment ceremony at the Highliner Inn this week. The front page, headline story outlines the training program and interest shown by Rupertites in joining the RCMP's auxiliary force in the city (see story here)

June 24--LOCAL MERCHANTS VOICE DISPLEASURE WITH STEELHEAD RECOVERY PLAN-- The local branch of the province's Chambers of Commerce has stepped up to offer a go slow on the recently adopted motion of support for the Steelhead Recovery Plan. The local chamber has offered up its opposition to a Smithers based initiative in support of the Steelhead plan, with a number of member groups involved in the Prince Rupert fishery, the Steelhead plan has become a controversial issue around town and the local Chambers move represents that concern of its members. (see story here)

June 23-- WALKERS MAKE THEIR WAY INTO RUPERT WITH A STRONG MESSAGE-- The Journey from Vancouver to Prince Rupert may be complete, but there is still much work to do in the cases of the missing and dead of the Highway of Tears. (see story here)

June 22--FIRST POLE RAISING IN 150 YEARS MAKES MARK IN METLAKATLA-- National Aboriginal Day had a special meaning at Metlakatla as residents and visitors celebrated the raising of the first totem pole in 150 years. Carved by master carver, Mike Epp the focal point of the community will provide a striking image both in the village and on approach by water. (see story here)

June 19-- PRINCE RUPERT HAS A WHALE OF A TIME DOWN AT SEAFEST-- With the summer festival now almost a week old memory, Friday's paper was a bit of a Seafest review. The Sports section had more details on the weekends Seafest oriented sports events, Farley Stewart's column celebrated the weekend that was . the Daily also paid tribute to the volunteers, with a front page, headline story that recognized those that attended a wrap up celebration on Wednesday. (see story here)

June 18-- FUTURE OF PRSS FIRES UP TOWN HALL MEETING AT CHARLES HAYS-- With the clock ticking on the need for a decision on the future of grad configuration, parents, teachers, administrators and School Board officials all gathered at Charles Hays on Tuesday for a Town Hall meeting. The Daily news provided some background on Tuesday's events (see story below)

June 17-- HISTORIC TOTEM POLE RAISING TO COINCIDE WITH ABORIGINAL DAY-- Wednesday's paper outlined the hard work and long process leading up to next week's Totem Pole raising at Metlakatla. The first totem pole in the community to be raised in over 160 years will be the featured event during the celebration of Aboriginal Day across the harbour. The background of the community and of the pole's creator was featured as the front page, headline story (see story here)

June 16-- RESCUED BABY SEAL MAKES AN IMPRESSION EN ROUTE TO VANCOUVER-- The travels of baby seal are reviewed as the Daily features a front page headline story of a seal pup rescue on the Skeena that ends on the Salt Spring Islands. (see story here)

June 15-- A NEW NORTHWEST DETOX CENTRE NOT NECESSARILY IN THE CARDS-- The much desired detox centre for Prince Rupert seems as far off as ever these days, as a recent meeting between Northern Health and Terrace City Council seems to put the concept of a dedicated detox centre very much on the back burner. (see story here)

June 12-- COONS SLAMS NEW CABINET-- North Coast MLA Gary Coons grabs front page, headline status as he expresses his disappointment with the size of and choices made to the Liberal government cabinet. (see story here)

June 11-- WIND TALKERS-- The prospect of wind power on the Charlottes was the topic of the day as Naikun brought their travelling information sessions across the Hecate Strait to Haida Gwaii. The project is providing for some hope for a reliable energy source away from the current diesel generated power, but with each delay and the ongoing discussion many are becoming sceptical that the project will ever get off the ground (see story here)

June 10--ENERGY SUMMIT OPPOSES PROJECT -- A weekend meeting in Moricetown, brought together a number of First Nations officials from across Northern BC, all seemingly united in their concern over the proposed Enbridge pipeline project (see story here)

June 9-- FISHERIES, FORESTRY NEED BAILOUT: MP-- If it's Good for GM, it's good for Northwest BC, that in a nutshell is the impression of Skeena-Bulkley Valley's NDP MP Nathan Cullen, who is pressing hard for bail out money for both the fishing and forestry industries of the Northwest. (see story here)

June 8-- PACIFIC COAST SCHOOL TEACHING MORE THAN JUST SURVIVAL-- George T. Baker gives high marks and a very friendly review to the efforts of the folks at the Pacific Coast School, outlining the scope of the program at the Second Avenue school and how the instructors are mixing the normal school curriculum with out of school pursuits to help build a team atmosphere (see story here)

June 5-- WATCHMEN OF THE COAST UNITE-- First Nations guardians and Watchmen from the Central and North coast gathered in Prince Rupert last week to examine better ways to manage fisheries policies and protect the coast from illegal fishing. The goal of the gathering is set up the groundwork to put in place a coastal network of Guardian programs to enforce and manage the fishery, a program that could cost in the millions of dollars to get underway. The program and it's background was examined in a front page story (see story here).

June 4-- FLOODING ADVISORY OUT FOR THE SKEENA RIVER-- The ongoing heatwave in Prince Rupert, has provided for more than a concern about sunburn towards Terrace. With a week of extreme heat in the Terrace area, the fear of flooding has been outlined by various local officials in the area. (see story here)

June 3--RTI PRIVATIZATION IDEA RECEIVES A RESOUNDING ‘NO!'-- As Dan Veniez continues his big city media campaign to sell the merits of a privatized Ridley Terminals, the backlash against the idea continues to grow. As we began relaying on the blog on May 20th, Mr. Veniez has been quite vocal over his plans, a move which has resulted in a fairly broad coalition growing to try and keep the current situation as it is, as a public venture. (see story here)

June 2--KITIMAT HAS MIXED VIEWS ON LOCAL PIPELINES-- The impact of a potential pipeline to Kitimat to export oil and import bitumen was the topic of an information session in the Aluminum city last week, as the Kitimat Rod and Gun club provided a forum for author Andrew Nikiforuk, to outline some of his concerns over the development of Alberta Tar Sands and plans to ship that product through a shipment facility in the Kitimat area (see story here)

June 1-- DFO ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR SALMONID ENHANCEMENT-- The Department of Fisheries begins its plans to restock the salmon population on the West Coast. Looking to impreove the returns from its facilities and those that are contract based community facilities. (see story here)

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