Art Community’s Request for Grant Denied

first_imgPhoto:  Margaret Cavers May, Aleisha Hendry and Sonja Butts requested more money for the Arts Council Monday – Sean Assor/Energeticcity.ca  [asset|aid=3348|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=13bffad486faf070a8434b7d54bbf031-Arts Council_1_Pub.mp3] It was evident that City Council cared deeply with regards to this issue. They often expressed great appreciation for the local arts community and discussed this issue meticulously, going over all possible situations in which the request could be granted.Unfortunately, the request for the grant had to be denied; as such a grant was not in the city’s budget. Another major factor in this decision was the issue of fairness. City Council receives multiple requests for grants, totaling the sum of money requested to over $1,000,000. If the Arts Council was awarded their requested amount, Council would feel obliged to reward all groups who request monetary grants with their desired amount.Rather, City Council thought a more productive solution is to work together with the Arts Council, in order to help improve their monetary situation in order to preserve the beloved arts community of Fort St. John.Advertisement – Advertisement – A $12,000 grant has been denied to the local arts community.On Monday, City Council held a council meeting discussing local issues and concerns. One such issue was the granting of an additional $12,000 in support of the Fort St. Johns local arts community.Standing before the city council, was Sonja Butts, a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Margaret Cavers May, Chair of Peace River North Festival Association and Aleisha Hendry, Director of the Fort St. John Arts Council.The women explained in a thorough, well organized manner, the reason behind this specific request. Some issues addressed included government cuts, the increase of commercial rental rates, the poor economic climate and a lack of results with regards to fundraising.As a non-profit organization, the Arts Council relies heavily on volunteers and fundraising. Unfortunately, these methods of monetary income are unreliable and the council is suffering heavily.Advertisementlast_img read more

Blaze blackens acreage near I-5

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Scores of Los Angeles County firefighters fought a fast-moving brush fire Saturday south of Gorman. Fanned by winds up to 40 mph, the blaze scorched more than 2,000 acres within four hours as it quickly spread over the rugged, unpopulated terrain. “Fire has been burning in inaccessible areas; we’re using helicopters to get into (there),” said Mike Brown, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. “Hand crews are fighting from the ground.” Flames were spotted just before 2 p.m. on the southbound side of the Golden State Freeway, north of state Route 138, but winds quickly spread the blaze. The freeway was not closed and traffic was moving normally, he said. Hand crews who hiked into the remote area planned to work through the night, hoping to cut a containment line around the flames. Authorities said the cause of the blaze is unknown but an investigation is under way. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Late Saturday, crews were still struggling to contain the fire near the unincorporated community of Gorman in northwestern Los Angeles County about 30 miles north of Santa Clarita. No structures were immediately threatened, but officials warned that if the wind changed direction, homes south of Quail Lake Road in Hungry Valley could be in danger. Record low rainfall has left the region parched and created critical fire conditions. On Friday, Caltrans announced plans to expedite brush-clearing projects on its land in areas of high fire danger. At least 30 county engines, eight hand crews and three water-dropping helicopters responded to Saturday’s fire. The city of Los Angeles also deployed a helicopter. The flames scorched acreage in the Angeles and Los Padres national forests, where a fire warning was issued earlier this week. U.S. Forest Service strike crews from both areas responded, Brown said. last_img read more

Lampard to raid former club for top academy graduate

first_img Burke has been at West Ham since he was nine Frank Lampard will return to his boyhood club West Ham to try and nab Reece Burke.New Derby manager Lampard has come in at the eleventh hour in a bid to pip Championship rivals Hull City to the Hammers academy graduate. Centre-back Burke, 21, was all set to join Hull for £1.5million on Monday after leaving West Ham’s pre-season training camp in Switzerland to fly home for a medical.Derby, though, have made an improved offer and West Ham fan Burke is also tempted by Lampard’s club connection, The Sun report.Lampard also came through West Ham’s academy before joining Chelsea, while his dad, Frank senior played more than 500 times for the Hammers.Burke would be Lampard’s biggest signing so far having taken the job in May and has already snapped up former Arsenal forward Aaron Eyoma on a free transfer.Burke is reluctantly quitting West Ham after being told his appearances would be limited under new boss Manuel Pellegrini.The East Londoner joined the club aged nine and played five Premier League appearances before being sent on loan to Wigan, Bolton and Bradford.The arrival of club-record signing Issa Diop for £24 million has pushed him further down the pecking order.center_img 1last_img read more