The year in review


Deemed the most complex drug investigation this town has experienced, Frederick Mowatt is sentenced Jan. 6 to four years in a federal penitentiary,  minus ten months for time served after pleading guilty Jan. 5 to trafficking cocaine. He was also handed a one-year sentence for possessing property obtained by crime.

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Northwesterners hope for a quick approval after a completed environmental assessment for the Northwest Transmission Line is presented to the province Jan. 13. This leaves the $404 million project pending B.C. approval with a  45 day decision window. The decision lies in the hands of forests and mines minister Pat Bell and environment minister Murray Coell. The time for federal project approval, however, has no limit and is also pending at this time.

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A fire claims two lives Jan. 15 at the Kalum Gardens townhouse complex, destroying two units, and damaging others. Firefighters say it was a hard fire to fight because of high winds and cold temperatures. It’s believed the blaze was caused by the careless use of smoking materials, but officially the cause is ruled undetermined.

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Denise Henning is hired as the new president of Northwest Community College with her term set to begin in March. This hire came on the heels of conflicting opinions between Henning and her former employer the University College of the North, Manitoba. NWCC board chair Rhoda Witherly said it was known Henning’s contract there would not be renewed, and NWCC’s board is confident in her credentials and references and pleased about the hire.

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After provincial gaming grant cuts the City of Terrace is faced with increased requests for financial aid. While the city wants a matching budget to 2010's $75,900, $106,300 in funding requests are made. Council decides to focus on groups that fit the city's objectives and don't fall under the province's jurisdiction, rejecting $24,000 in grant requests but upping the budget none the less.

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THE Terrace Anti-Poverty Group Society announces it will shut down temporarily until spring when it will open in a new location. The group struggled after losing its main provincial grant.

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A helicopter carrying provincial avalanche technicians Jan. 20 rescues an injured Shames Mountain Ski Corp. employee from the mountain after a stuck bus blocked road access there. The worker was injured after a lift cable caught up in a grooming machine and then struck the young man upon its release. The worker is released from the hospital the same day.



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