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THE NORTHERN Health Authority is keeping to its longstanding tradition of maintaining a razor thin balanced budget.

It recorded a very small surplus of $171,00 for the first two months of its fiscal year, which began April 1.

That’s compared to the authority’s annual budget of $589 million.

Generally speaking, the authority tries to maintain a balanced budget or even accumulate a surplus in the spring and summer months in case the fall and winter months are colder than normal, requiring it to spend more money than anticipated to keep its facilities heated.

Rockfall

Nechako Northcoast crews made short work of a small rock slide that put debris on one lane of Hwy16 10.7 km west of the Kalum River bridge in the early morning hours of July 23.

“Five pieces of rock a little larger than a microwave were on the road and five metres were in the ditch,” said transportation ministry official Don Ramsay of the slide which reduced traffic to single from 3:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. that day.

A Canadian Freightways truck suffered damage to a tire after striking some of the debris. A ministry geotechnical expert flew to Terrace to examine the scene.

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