Sunday, July 28, 2019

Blog Watching: Week ending, July 28, 2019

For much of the week the North Coast and Northwest was tracking an ongoing story from Northern BC, with a number of twists into the investigation into what is now three homicides capturing the attention of most of us as we followed the Canada wide hunt for the two suspects.

Readers found much interest in our notes as we chronicled some of the events through the week, as well as the archive we have created to explore the investigation further. Such was the interest, that the items quickly became some of our most read stories of the week.

Outside of the manhunt, other stories that found an audience this week included the introduction of a familiar name and face in the community as the City of Prince Rupert's new Corporate Administrator.

Also capturing a large readership was the range of stories we offered up on the ongoing dispute between the State of Alaska and the union which represents the Alaska Ferry workers, with the current status of the fleet that of tied up, leaving for stranded passengers along the entire system including Prince Rupert and Ketchikan.

Prince Rupert RCMP were also looking for some people this week, with a call for help to locate a pair of Seniors and a resident of Lax Kw'alaams, with the latter still counted among the missing.

And readers found some interest in our notes related to a proposed industrial project in Prince George ,which may have some spin off impact on the Port of Prince Rupert should the plan to produce polyethylene products make it to the development stage.

However, the top item of the last seven days was the focus on the three murders of Northern BC and the manhunt for 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky  .

Northern BC case files grow in string of suspicious deaths and missing persons case -- Like the rest of Canada, residents of the North Coast have been following the many twists of events related to three deaths in Northern BC, a story which took a significant turn when the subjects of a missing persons case turned out to be suspects in the murder of at least one of the three case files. Along with our individual stories, our archive compilation of a range of notes on the investigation also attracted a large audience.     (posted July 22, 2019)

That article was followed by:

Mayor Brain introduces Rosa Miller as the new Corporate Administrator for the City of Prince Rupert -- The long search for a replacement for former Corporate Administrator Rory Mandryk seemingly came to an end not too long ago, with Mayor Lee Brain using the Monday Council session to introduce a familiar name around the community as one of the city's new senior officials    . (posted July 24, 2019)

AMHS vessels to tie up following coastal wide strike action -- Travellers found themselves in the middle of a quickly escalating labour dispute this week as the Alaska Marine Highway System shut down all sailings following the walk out of union members that serve aboard their ships.  As we noted in a follow up item on Friday, the sudden nature of the shutdown has made for some challenging times for those stranded in the various ports, including Prince Rupert and Ketchikan. On Saturday, it was reported that the two sides were using a US mediator to try to resolve the dispute.     (posted  July 24, 2019)

Prince Rupert RCMP seek assistance of the public in locating missing Alberta couple --  Two missing Person's files locally captured a fair bit of attention from readers as the local detachment of the RCMP sought the whereabouts of an Alberta couple, who subsequently were located; as well as that of a Lax Kw'alaams resident who is still listed as missing.    (posted  July 23 , 2019)

Alberta petrochemical company eyes Prince George for Polyethylene plant; with potential global exports through Port of Prince Rupert  -- The prospect of a 5.6 billion dollar industrial plant for the Prince George area, could have some spinoff impact on the Port of Prince Rupert, that if West Coast Olefins move ahead with plans for a polyethylene plant for the northern interior city.     (posted  July 25, 2019)

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