The Upper Fraser Fisheries Conservation Alliance (UFFCA) called for a total ban on early Stuart Sockeye fisheries in the Nechako/Stuart watershed this year.
The call comes after the Department of Fisheries and Oceans forecast that only 258,000 Sockeye would return to the river system this year, and only 116,000 would spawn successfully.
From 1953 to 2001, the river system saw four-year average runs of 893,000 Sockeye.
Gunfire erupted in Prince George, July 3, as an unknown shooter fired eight bullets into a home on the 2300 block of Victoria Street at approximately 11:30 p.m.
No one was injured by the bullets which struck the front door, front living room window and exterior wall of the home.
No other homes were targeted and police believe the shooting was not random.
Contract negotiations between Telus and members of the Telecommunication Workers Union (TWU) heated up, July 15, when a lockout of some Prince George Telus staff sparked a four-hour walk out by TWU locals nine, 18 and 26.
The lockout was in response to a “study session” taken by Telus staff after Telus CEO Darren Entwistle arrived in town to brief managers on the new collective agreement the company is imposing on employees, July 14.
A new voluntary water metering system being offered by the City had 32 people on the waiting list, program manager Joycelyn Campbell said.
Campbell said she hoped to get another 25 volunteers over the summer.
“The overall objective is to increase awareness about how much water is being used,” she said. “We currently use more water than the provincial and federal averages.”
Prince George residents consume 500 litres of water per person per day. That is substantially above the national average of 360 litres and slightly above the provincial average of 483 litres, she explained.
An undercover sting operation by Prince George RCMP lead to 16 sex trade workers in the downtown, Connaught, Millar and VLA areas being arrested, July 22-23.
All 16 were scheduled to appear in court in October to answer charges of communication for the purpose of prostitution.
“I’d estimate that’s about 30 to 40 per cent [of prostitutes on the street.] At times there are about 40 to 50 we routinely check on,” RCMP spokesman Mike Caira said. “When there is nice weather there is more activity. There is some transience to it.”
Over 50 biochemical researchers from across Western Canada gathered at UNBC July 25-27 to discuss their research into RNA.
Compared to DNA, RNA is relatively unknown to the general public, UNBC biochemistry professor Stephan Radar said. However RNA plays a vital role in the creation of proteins, the building block of life.
“DNA is like a permanent blueprint of how to build a variety of machines. The machines are the proteins that make up our bodies,” Radar said. “RNA is designed to be disposable. It is like a copy of the DNA which is sent to various protein factories’ in the body and tells them what proteins to make.”