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April

Skeena Sawmills is bought by ROC Holdings, a subsidiary of a Chinese real estate and construction giant. Forest minister Pat Bell announces April 4 that plans are to have ROC Holdings’ product flow into the supply stream of its parent company.

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Terrace city council decides April 5 to dip into its surplus and borrow from an equipment account to pay for the reconstruction of McConnell Ave. from Thomas St. to Marshall St., slated to cost $1.4 million. The decision is made in response to public pressure over a crumbling road.

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The Tahltan Nation vote yes in a referendum to profit off the construction of the Northwest Transmission Line with 82 per cent in favour. The week-long referendum finished April 15.

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The city of Terrace declares April 11 that it will take a neutral stance on Enbridge.

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Industrial taxes are cut as the city decides to take a $71,000 hit over the course of a few years. The rationale is that the city  is lacking industry from which to pull tax, and lowering the rate which sits near the top of B.C.’s list would attract industry.

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Two plead guilty to charges relating to a drug trafficking ring believed to be based in Terrace. Lawna Leigh Chamberlain and Jason Gerald Tamblyn admitted involvement in dealing cocaine and ecstasy in Terrace, Prince Rupert, Prince George and Kelowna.

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Six Skeena-Bulkey Valley federal riding candidates make their pitch to Terracites during an April 20 all-candidates debate. Highlighted topics are Enbridge, foreign investment, seniors, and abortion.

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A closed Kitwanga sawmill starts up again after new owners Pacific BioEnergy purchase its assets out of receivership. The company plans to sell wood to China, and also build a bio energy pellet mill, too.

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