The year in review

Here's a look back at May 2011's major news events

  • Dec. 29, 2011 10:00 a.m.

May

The feds give the Northwest Transmission Line the thumbs up early May, in time for BC Hydro to select its preferred contractor for the construction and design of the $404 million project. Valard/Quanta Services is chosen for construction and Burns & McDonnell is chosen to design.

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The mission to buy and operate Shames Mountain forges ahead despite missing its goal to raise $2 million dollars by April 30. My Mountain Co-op and Shames Mountain Ski Corp. sign a memorandum of understanding, essentially declaring the intention for ski assets to switch hands at some point.

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Nathan Cullen tops the polls at the May 2 federal election with 54.9 per cent of the vote in the Skeena-Bulkey Valley riding.

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Northwest Community College works at budget trimming and strategic planning to cure a deficit of about $1.1 million dollars.

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The Coast Mountains School district is fined $52,000 by WorkSafeBC for allowing employees to work without proper protection in areas known to have asbestos. The school is Terrace’s Clarence Michiel School, which is part of Suwilaawks Community School.

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CORE BioFuel eyes up Terrace as a home for a bio energy plant it wants to build. The company holds an information session May 27 to talk about its plans to turn wood into fuel. The airport lands look tempting to it.

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Terrace’s anti-Poverty group keeps active despite not having an office, working to grow local food at community gardens. The society ramps up its plots between two gardens, and plans for more to come.

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Ron Poole, long-time city administrator, announces he is jumping ship to Kitimat where he will work the same position. Pool worked at his position in Terrace since 1999.

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Invasive weeds choke off plants native to the Terrace area, stealing their food and other nutrients. Japanese Knotwood, Dalmatian Toadflax, Tansy and Yellow archangel are the culprits.

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Local Liberals get provincial endorsement of a concept which would see the construction of a railway along Hwy37 North. The rationale for it is it would encourage mineral development and be greener by reducing truck traffic.

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Cancer Services in Terrace reach full-time status as Dr. Jaco Fourie is appointed the lead of oncology services to be effective June 1. Fourie moves his general practice patients to new doctors in preparation.

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Northwest fire crews are sent to Alberta to battle multiple blazes, including one at Slave Lake which destroyed an entire community.  The Hazelton Rainmaker unit crew and the crew from Burns Lake are on the front lines. The Telkwa crew is sent next.

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Inspector  Dana Hart is appointed officer in charge of the local RCMP, receiving hails from his references. His repertoire includes protecting Prime Minister Stephen Harper in his travels for three years and also being on the security team for former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.

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A new fire chief for Terrace is hired, seeing former Kitimat fire chief John Klie set to begin in July.

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May long weekend keeps police busy as partiers trash various camping locations including Red Sands and Furlong Bay.

 

 

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