Sunday editorial: The purchase of the golf irrigation system was overshadowed by a larger issue

first_imgCommentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The purchase of the Wellington Golf Course irrigation system has become an emotional issue – perhaps more than it should.At a special meeting held during a noon hour on Jan. 29, the Wellington City Council was caught having to decide whether to replace a dilapidated watering system just off the heels of various budget woes including the raising of utility rates and property taxes, or to say no and risk the biological health of the golf course.The council was placed in a no win situation. Undoubtedly, after deciding on the purchase, the members have been getting crucified in the court of public opinion ever since.  We can haggle all day — and boy have we ever — whether the golf course needs an irrigation system or whether it should be paid for by Wellington taxpayers.But the issue reflects something much deeper and troubling going on at city hall than sprinkler heads on the golf course.The council appears to be without good counsel.And the irrigation system issue is a metaphor for something that is much bigger going on at city hall. A pattern that seems repetitious and disconcerting.The purchase…In 1993, using a private donation and volunteers, Wellington installed an irrigation system that covers the fairways and greens which constitutes 95 of the 235 acres of land owned by the city of Wellington at Woods Park.By 2015, though, the operating computer system of the sprinklers had run its course. According to United States Golf Association estimates, the average length of a golf course irrigation system lasts 20 to 30 years. During the special January meeting, Wellington Golf Manager Derek Harrison approached the council that the old system was inoperable and there was an urgent need for a new system to keep the golf course in operation especially with the critical spring time of fertilization and aeration. He was told that the company that sold it to them, no longer services the system and it was not safe to operate it causing a possible explosion in the pump house.After a 30 minute discussion, the council voted for the purchase.While this does not seem like an unusual case to someone who may have landed from Mars and is reading this report for the first time, the circumstances surrounding this purchase most certainly are.Perhaps, the biggest question is why was did this become a sudden emergency? If the irrigation control system was due for replacement, why had there been nothing in the city budget to plan for such an expenditure?If there would be no money available for the purchase, perhaps a plan could have been implemented with the Wellington Golf Association to see how such a purchase could be funded. Why was this a sudden surprise? It seems to be a breakdown in city budgetary planning.Perhaps, even more troubling, is the compete disregard with how the city bidding process should work.This commenter with the name handle SuCo Pride stated it best a week ago:….The council should have voted first on putting the bid out for funding, then came back to vote on the project with the proposed funding. They are doing this backwards. Funding bids should also NOT be limited to the local banks. I love Buy Local as much as the next person, but I believe securing the best rate of finance should take priority.It was apparent from the start, the council had no direction on this matter.Wellington City Council member Jan Korte was on the right track temporarily when she said the council should table this item until a funding mechanism can be discovered. Wellington Finance Director Shane Shields even informed the council that there is nothing in the budget that plans for this expenditure.But that subject dissolved in the presence of the more emotional question at that time of whether the city should purchase this irrigation system and purchase it this very second.When the vote was taken, I questioned from the media table if there was a financial plan attached to this purchase?Mayor Shelley Hansel responded with this soundbite:“We will let our wonderful City Financial Advisor work it all out.”OK, using that logic, at the next meeting let’s pass a resolution fixing all the roads in Wellington everywhere. Then we can let the city financial advisor “work it all out.”The logic in it all…The true tragedy of this situation was the council went against standard protocol to fix a situation that in hindsight could have taken a little more time to resolve the situation.Fate would have it, the golf course maintenance workers have started the irrigation system anyway, despite the risks, because the winter has been been so dry and lately unseasonably warm. So if that’s the case, what could a couple of weeks hurt?First of all, the special meeting was not called because of the irrigation system. It was called for possible land acquisition. The sprinkler system was attached at the end.That meeting also occurred three days before the council was scheduled to convene for its monthly February meeting. The council could have easily given a directive to the city administrators to bring back a funding mechanism for the purchase of the irrigation system at the next Tuesday meeting before voting on a resolution. Heck, they could have even called a special work session before the next meeting.But I was amazed, how little advice they were getting from Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert, who is paid as city manager as their chief counsel and what little information they were going on.Former Wellington City Managers Carl Myers and Gus Collins were very different leaders. But they had one thing in common. They were diligent in providing details of a specific resolution that came to the council. It was then up to those council members to accept or reject those resolutions.Was there even a written resolution for the irrigation system before the vote? I sure didn’t see any.I saw no leadership in Mr. Eckert in this matter. When asked about the matter, Eckert started speaking about the new bells and whistles of the new computer system. But what about the funding?And as a result, I knew the second that gavel was pounded for adjournment of that special meeting, it was going to become a public firestorm. The council majority could not have handled this more poorly. But is this really the fault of those members, or the lack of information and planning by Mr. Eckert?One can scream all day about the council members seemingly buffoonery on the issue of the purchase. But the council is made of volunteers. Those who serve do so with little pay while putting a considerable amount of risk to their personal reputation. They have their own lives, their own careers, their own families and their valuable time and shouldn’t have to figure out the day-to-day operation of city finances. That’s why you hire a city manager – to be your counselor.We all need good counseling. None of us are experts at everything. If we need legal advice, we ask a lawyer. If we need financial advice, we ask an accountant. And yada yada.And the reality is, we are only as good as the advice we are given and what we accept.I can’t say this any nicer. That special meeting, for which the purchase was made, the council looked blindsided, flummoxed and obviously unprepared. The motion was made without any financial plan in place. That is complete irresponsibility and it was an awful moment in city of Wellington history.But again it seems to be a pattern that closely aligns with how many other city issues have been handled since Eckert’s arrival in Wellington.If you need an easy illustration to demonstrate how the city does things these day, just look behind you and look at the seat of your pants.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (6) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +9 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 233 weeks ago Because this has become such an emotional issue, only signed names with valid e-mails will be permitted. I will make exceptions if you can provide me with reason why you need to stay anonymous. Please e-mail me your response at for consideration. Report Reply 0 replies · active 233 weeks ago +24 Vote up Vote down Mic Turkeyleg Jones · 233 weeks ago I’ve stated earlier that this whole thing stunk. To start with, how the council members worked behind closed doors to get this thing going thru to the “Wellington Bankers only sealed bids”. I don’t know if any of this has broken any open meetings laws or not. But Wellington does have a City Attorney, which would or should know if any laws have been broken on this thing. The damage has already been done but it should be interesting how the city leaders will try to explain this. Looks like the City Manager is going to be the fall guy. Wonder what would be said if our President Obama had done something like this. Work behind closed doors to push and authorize a pet project, then getting the funding for it with only sealed bids from a few selected personal banker friends of Obama and never told the specifics of the funding . I would imagine now the public will just get another, “It’s too late to do anything now” excuses from most of the council. But personally I would like to see the funding contract with the bank printed on here. Report Reply 1 reply · active 233 weeks ago +15 Vote up Vote down Jeremy Davis · 233 weeks ago I agree, along with the contact, the company involved, The vetting of that company, The references of this company and any opinions of outside sources other then just the one that we’ve been told about. Report Reply +37 Vote up Vote down Jeremy Davis · 233 weeks ago Well……..This is certainly an opinion that I can’t fully disagree with. I agree that there should be someone, or “someone’s” held responsible. Obviously Tracy you have met and personally know Mr. Eckert. I personally have never met the man nor could i pick him out in a line up. though his work ethic on providing diligent information, I suppose could be questioned. The fact of the matter still and always will remain. That since the City Manager is an appointed position not an elected one.(refK.S.A 12-1024). then those who appointed are in fact the responsible ones. The issues I have with your editorial is that you are leaving out one VERY crucial person. That would be the Mayor. Mayor Hansell, IS the elected overseer by the people for the people. K.S.A 15-301. General powers and duties of mayor. The mayor shall preside at all meetings of the city council, and shall have a casting vote when the council is equally divided, and none other, and shall have general supervision over the affairs of the city. The mayor shall be active and vigilant in enforcing all laws and ordinances for the government of the city, and he or she shall cause all subordinate officers to be dealt with promptly for any neglect or violation of duty. Plainly speaking our mayor enjoys the Title but has no idea what to do with it. looks good on a resume, but She should be the one taking responsibility, She should be Making public statements about Mr. Eckert’s questionable process in which information is gathered and presented. .Shes not. No statement from our Mayor pertaining to this issue has been made. Why? I ask that the Mayor answer the questions the public has, because we elected her to represent us, the citizens at these meetings. We charged Her with making the best decisions for Us the people. Not the city. She is all 8,000 voices that call this town home. She is at fault. She is the one who neglected due process. She is the one to be held accountable and I do not believe this is something that should be disregarded. I believe there should be a public forum to ask these questions of her. As a resident I love this town and only want to see the best for it. That means we NEED the best to represent us. We need a Mayor who is willing to to Stand up and say no. The moment the situation calls for it. Right now the Mayor and council are leading with the “easier to ask forgivness than permission” philosophy. Report Reply 0 replies · active 233 weeks ago +34 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 233 weeks ago The following comment was made by an individual who runs a business and felt he/she might be hurt if her/his name was published. I will respect her/his wishes. “Mr. McCue’s editorial today may be his best ever. We have had more serious problems and drama at Wellington City Hall and in the Wellington Community in Eckert’s first year than the 21 years combined tenure from City Managers Carl Myers and Gus Collins. The lack of leadership from Eckert is the No. 1 problem for every single mess at city hall since Eckert came to our community. When you look at Eckert’s resume he was there only 15 months as county manager in Montrose County, Colorado and only two years as city manger of Powder Springs, Georgia. It confirms that this lack of leadership always has the same story of a short tenure and leaving the city or county in a mess. The City Council members and Mayor since Eckert became Wellington’s City Manager also are as much to blame. Eckert’s contract requires that his performance as Wellington City Manager to have been reviewed at least twice by today’s date, by our city’s governing body, not one single formal performance review of Eckert has been done. Eckert’s contract in a few months, will automatically renew past its current termination date of December 31,2016. If the City council and mayor cannot even provide leadership as required by their own contract to review Eckert’s performance not even once or let alone both times as required by the contract. Eckert will automatically have his contract renewed and we will continue on a regular basis to create drama and problems at City Hall that rarely occurred in the 21 years combined during the city manager tenure of Carl Myers and Gus Collins.” Report Reply 0 replies · active 233 weeks ago +26 Vote up Vote down Eric Pierce · 233 weeks ago Sounds like Wellington needs to clean house on Mayor and City Manager. Get some people in there who know what they are doing. No offense if you are reading but the lack of due diligence here is really inexcusable. How can a recent college grad who only makes under 50k a year know that you should shop around for the best rates on a loan as well as look at other options for a purchase yet an “Experienced” City Manager making 110K a year doesn’t. That should be a big red flag right there. Just because somebody is middle aged, dresses in suits and has a decent golf swing doesn’t mean they deserve that sort of pay grade. Id venture to say there are probably some articles out there floating around in the world why Eckert left his previous 2 positions as well. The 2 positions that need the most business leadership are Mayor and City Manager. Not that they need to have all the answers or be able to be perfect every time an issue arises but they need to be able to think outside the box and determine what are the right questions to ask to become more educated on the matter and truly what are all the options period. I am sorry guys but that is just common sense in any leadership role no matter what industry you are in. Report Reply 0 replies · active 233 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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Requests from Iowans for food assistance more than doubles

first_imgJOHNSTON — Governor Kim Reynolds says the state’s network of food banks and food pantries saw demand skyrocket last month as COVID-19 related closures and job losses began to mount.“In March alone, Iowa food pantries helped 65% more Iowans with applications for food assistance than this time last year,” Reynolds said.The governor has appointed a “Feeding Iowans Task Force” to find ways to address disruptions in the traditional supply chain for food banks.“With restaurants open for carry out and delivery, food donations are down and less food is being rescued from grocery stores to stock food pantries,” Reynolds said.The governor is encouraging young, healthy Iowans to volunteer at food pantries. She indicated about 40 percent of the unpaid staff who sort food and package meals at food banks are older Iowans who need to stay home at this time.Reynolds said Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg will lead the new task force she’s appointed to address the growing demand for food assistance.last_img read more

Mason City man accused of prostitution

first_imgMASON CITY — The preliminary hearing has been set for a Mason City man accused of prostitution. 38-year-old David Welsher was arrested on Thursday morning after he allegedly paid $50 to a person under the age of 18 in exchange for a sexual act. Online court records show that Welsher made his initial appearance in court on Friday and was released and is due back in court for his preliminary hearing on July 9th. Prostitution is a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.last_img

Ind vs SA 3rd Test Day 3 Review: India edge remarkably closer to a…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Hindustan TimesAdvertisement iuNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7ix2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4o39a( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) dl0Would you ever consider trying this?😱362c0Can your students do this? 🌚9nk4tRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Men In Blue picked up 18 wickets to send the Proteas into a state of helplessness in Ranchi. The hosts are now only two wickets away to wrap up a second consecutive 3-0 scoreline victory over South Africa at home.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Hindustan TimesThe visitors’ torrid time with the bat in the subcontinent continued as they once again allowed India to enforce the follow on. Barring Zubayar hamza, no batsman was able to possess a threat to the Indian bowlers.Only three batsmen managed to cross the double-figure mark as they haplessly collapsed for 162 which prompted the Indian skipper to opt for the follow on with the opposition being 335 runs behind of their first innings total.Advertisement South Africa’s second outing was something out of a horror movie with the side losing half their wickets for just 35 runs courtesy of a fiery display of fast bowling by Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami. To make matters worse, Dean Elgar was forced out of the pitch after a blow to his head.The tail order managed to hold on much like the rest of the series to force play on Day 4.Advertisement Read Also:Adelaide Strikers cricketer Amanda Jade’s boyfriend goes down on one knee to propose after her team wins matchWishes pour in as Virender Sehwag turns 41  Advertisementlast_img read more

Potts grateful to end college career with a title after season’s struggles

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIf there was one player in San Beda who struggled to adjust from coach Jamike Jarin to coach Boyet Fernandez, it was Davon Potts.The Fil-Am spiner’s minutes and numbers dwindled under the new mentor, mustering only 6.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 21.9 minutes in the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Now, Potts begins a new chapter in his career, this time in the PBA with Alaska which picked him in the second round of the 2017 PBA Draft.But before he leaves Mendiola for good, his final year with the Red Lions taught him one thing.“I won two championships with Cignal and I won two championships with San Beda. This just shows that you sacrifice not for your individual stats, but you sacrifice for the team,” he said. “That’s what counts, not the individual stats. You have to win because that’s what counts.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “It was really hard for me this year,” he admitted.READ: San Beda sweeps Lyceum for 21st NCAA championshipFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneBut Potts stayed the course and got the chance to show his worth in the Finals, averaging 15 points, 4.5 rebounds, and one assist.His contribution seemed to be the missing piece as the Red Lions finally solved the puzzle that was the Pirates, sweeping the best-of-three title clash to claim the NCAA Season 93 title. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Commentary: The last thing this PBA standoff needed was a boycott Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s a great feeling,” said Potts, who is ending his two-year stay in Mendiola with a pair of rings. “I keep a lot of things at the back of my mind with the history of San Beda, and I owe it to them in bringing me here. I just wanted to make sure that we live the legacy and continue the championship, and make sure that we continue the winning culture here.”READ: Drop in draft blessing in disguise for Davon PottsThe championship is as a validation for Potts as he overcame every challenge thrown his way—from the tough transition brought by the coaching change to his killer schedule with the preseason grind and the PBA D-League.“It was worth it because this is a testament to show that no matter what you go through, no matter how much you have a downfall, you can always bounce back,” he said, drawing a valuable life lesson in the process he had to go through.“When you get up, you got to make sure to stay disciplined and persistent mentally and physically to get where you need to be. That is a testament to all the people that look up to me and make sure that nothing is easy, you have to earn it. Everything in life, you have to fight for everything you want to get.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Coca-Cola Expands to Plastic Bottling Production Plant

first_imgCoca-Cola, the world largest producer of non-alcoholic beverages since 1949, has dedicated a new US$5.7 million plastic bottling production line at its existing factory in Monrovia.“The newly dedicated plant has the capacity to produce 6,000 plastic bottles per hour,” General Manager Seth Adu-Baah said.The company is contemplating producing juices of various kinds in addition to soft drink products that include Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola, Tonic Water, among others. It will also produce safe drinking water, he said.The investment will not only reduce dependency on imported materials for production, but also enhance employment opportunities for Liberians as the company will now have the capacity to supply the Guinea and Sierra Leone markets, Adu-Baah stated.An estimated 7,500 direct and indirect employment opportunities will be created over the next five years across Coca-Cola’s supply-chain of distributors, retailers and material suppliers.“Liberia may have been fractured by the tragedy of Ebola over the last year but its spirit of optimism, ambition and progress will never be broken,” said Alex Cummings, Executive Vice President.At the dedication ceremony on October 26, the Chairman of the Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Alfonso Libano, said, “By creating new direct opportunities within our bottling plant, we hope to transform the opportunities available for current and future generations while providing more beverage choice than before to consumers.” Coca-Cola Liberia has distributing trucks that supply consumers in accessible cities.In remarks, Montserrado District #5 Representative, Henry Fahnbulleh expressed satisfaction over the expansion and extended appreciation to the Coca-Cola Bottling Company for providing job opportunities and meeting consumers’ needs.Commerce & Industry Minister Axel Addy also lauded the Coca-Cola Bottling Company for demonstrating, “excellence in serving the Liberian people.”Minister Addy, however, emphasized that Liberia will shortly become a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and that the business community should begin to brand their products to standard in order to compete with other countries.He expressed the need for bigger companies to prioritize Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) as they constitute 96% of businesses in the Liberian economy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Prez Weah Provides L$3M, 3K Bags of Rice to Muslim Community

first_imgSome of the rice expected to be donated to Muslims across the country.President George M. Weah has provided L$3 million and three thousand bags of rice to the Muslim community across the country in observance of the Holy month of Ramadan. The Ramadan is expected to be observed on Monday or Tuesday.Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, praying, and reflection of community. Additionally, this is a commemoration of the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad and annual observance of Ramadan is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam that lasts twenty-nine to thirty days, from one visual sighting of the crescent moon to the next.At the presentation ceremony, Liberia’s Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf said President George M. Weah was pleased to identify with thousands of Muslims in the observance of Ramadan.According to him, the distributions of the rice will be based on the Muslim population found within each county, describing it as “the best way to reaching out to everyone.”Minister Sirleaf said he was delighted for the opportunity afforded him by President Weah to provide such gifts to the Muslim Community in Liberia. He noted that the distribution has to be fast as next week Monday might be observed as Ramadan Day or Tuesday, because Muslims can fast either 29 or 30 days.“I want to applaud the President for value added to the interior people through the Internal Affairs Ministry. This is a President that wants to see all Liberians working together in the interest of the state. This is a man who feels for his people,” Minister Sirleaf said.Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf (middle) addresses the media while Grand Bassa Superintendent (left) looks on.He continued: “These items cannot only be distributed in Monrovia or to people who sit in Monrovia, but have to be given to our citizens in the various counties. This will be done through the superintendents who are very strategic in the running of the local system of our country.”Meanwhile, the minister has called on Liberians to support and give chance to President Weah until 2023, when everyone will have the opportunity to critique and make further judgment.“The most appropriate time for critique the Constitution gives is during elections and so we must give chance for the children to go to school, allow the various clinics to function and wait for the ballot boxes before we critique. This will now give everyone the opportunity to look at projects undertaken by the Liberian leader,” he added.Janjay Baikpeh, Grand Bassa County Superintendent and chairperson of the National Superintendents Council, who received the items for onward distribution, said President Weah has been involved in identifying with the people of Liberia even prior to becoming President of Liberia.“This is the reason why Liberians willingly voted to make him President and will continue to do it. We appreciate the President. This is the repeat of last year and the council will ensure that the distribution will be done rightly,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Teen jailed for 6 months for escaping lawful custody

first_imgEighteen-year-old Trevor Gasper was on Wednesday sentenced to six months in prison for escaping from the Ruimveldt Police Station.Gasper, of Middle Road, East La Penitence, Georgetown, was sentenced by city Magistrate Rondell Weaver after he was found guilty of the charge that was brought against him.The charge stated that on December 11, 2018, Gasper, while being in custody at the Ruimveldt Police Station pending an armed robbery charge, unlawfully escaped Police custody.According to reports, he was placed on the prisoner’s bench in the enquiries office to be transported to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts; however, he picked the locks of the handcuffs and ran out of the police station. He was subsequently recaptured and charged.He pleaded not guilty and a trial had commenced which saw several witnesses testifying. The trial concluded on Thursday.last_img read more

Knights of Columbus Flyers fall in best of three to Peace River

first_imgThe series opened in Peace River on Friday night and was a high scoring affair with the Flyers taking game one 8-6.Game two was in Fort St. John on Saturday afternoon and it was all Peace River in the tilt. The Sabres scored once in the first, twice in the second, and three times in the third to take the 6-0 win.In the third and deciding game in Peace River the Sabres opened the scoring in the first period and led 1-0 heading into the second. The Flyers tied the game but less than a minute later the Sabres would retake the lead, and they rounded out the scoring with a goal in the third to take the game 3-1, and the series 2-1.- Advertisement –last_img

BC Power Need Study

first_imgThe guidelines have been set for a major study of British Columbia’s electrical needs over the next 30 years.The study by the B.C. Utilities Commission is to start in the spring.It will look at the province’s power requirements and the transmission lines needed to deliver that power.Energy Minister Richard Neufeld says the aim is to make sure B.C. has a clean, affordable and reliable energy supply.As a part of the study, the commission plans to hold public feedback hearings but there’s nothing yet on times or locations.- Advertisement –last_img