Grand Forks Gazette’s year in review: Nov./Dec. 2012

2012 in the Grand Forks area ended with the formation of a downtown business association and a robbery at a Greenwood motel.

Carol Lajoie moderated a meeting regarding the formation of a Grand Forks downtown business association on Nov. 13.

Carol Lajoie moderated a meeting regarding the formation of a Grand Forks downtown business association on Nov. 13.

Nov. 7, 2012

There have been new stop signs placed along 72nd Avenue in Grand Forks to minimize the number of vehicles speeding through the street.

The three-way stop signs were recently put up at the intersection of 72nd Avenue and Cypress Way after multiple complaints about speeding vehicles and the dangers it caused in the neighbourhood.

Nov. 14, 2012

Rail Trail 200 International Sled Dog Race has been cancelled for 2013 due to lack of sponsorships and lack of volunteers.

After two years of success Dr. Ruth Sims, one of the organizers for the event and president of the Dog Sled Association, noted issues for canceling this year’s event has to due with funding, redesign of the trail and volunteers.

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International Forest Products Ltd.’s (Interfor) Grand Forks sawmill was closed from Nov. 10 to Dec. 3 to complete mill upgrades ahead of schedule.

Nov. 21, 2012

Business owners and managers gathered together to discuss the formation of a downtown business association on Nov. 13.

Carole Lajoie, owner of Value Drug Mart, acted as a moderator to facilitate discussion on the future of downtown Grand Forks and what direction the group would like to head.

“The thing that became clear was that we really needed a downtown association and a group that is focused on what goes on in downtown Grand Forks,” she said.

The defined area is from 72nd Avenue to 75th Avenue, from Riverside Drive over to 5th Street, with a small portion of Central Avenue to 6th Street.

Nov. 28, 2012

Nitrate levels in the city of Grand Forks have been decreasing and are not a major concern according to a recent presentation by Piteau Associations.

Remi J. P. Allard, senior hydrogeologist from Piteau Associations Geotechnical and Hydrogeological Consulting Engineers, gave a presentation to city council at a recent meeting to discuss the city’s wells and its condition.

As a part of the presentation, Allard noted ground water protection, which is a new mandate from Interior Health Authority, is also a part of future steps for the city.

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School District 51’s (SD51) board of education has announced Dr. D. A. Perley Elementary School Principal Kevin Argue as the next Superintendent of Schools effective July, 1, 2013.

Dec. 5, 2012

A gastrointestinal (GI) bug was suspected at the Boundary Hospital in Grand Forks last week.

According to acute health service administrator for Boundary Hospital Cindy Crane, the hospital had to limit visitors and there were a number of suspected cases out in the community as well.

Dec. 12, 2012

Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the City of Grand Forks servers and data storages will need to be repaired or replaced over the next couple of years.

The current Sun Tape Library and IBM Data Storage Array are approaching its five-year life expectancy, with the Blade Center components and Blade servers approaching nine years of service.

To maintain services at City Hall for 2013 and 2014, the city would need to invest around $70,000.

Dec. 19, 2012

Two men were arrested and have been formally charged following a robbery at a Greenwood motel early Monday morning, where a female employee was tied up.

Charanjeet Singh Khosa, 26, and Ravinder Singh Mettla, 28, from Calgary, Alta. have been charged with forcible confinement, uttering threats, assault, break-and-enter, robbery and extortion relating to the incident.

According to RCMP, the Midway detachment received a call of a robbery and forcible confinement at 1:37 a.m.

Dec. 26, 2012

Large cracks found in the slag pile off of Granby Road in Grand Forks has the city concerned about safety issues.

Possibly caused by this year’s spring precipitation and the overflow of water from Overton Creek, city staff are looking to install a monthly monitoring system.