Water Supply Outlook: On average, close to two-thirds of the winter’s snowpack was already accumulated by Feb. 1. However, Environment Minister Barry Penner notes that with two more winter months to go, snow conditions could stillchange before the spring melt.Advertisement The intense, variable weather patterns across the province over the past three months have affected snow conditions in all locations. While early winter storms brought heavy snow to the north, the southern parts of the province remained generally dry until mid-December, when further storms resulted in substantial snowaccumulations in the Interior valleys and at sea level on Vancouver Island and in the South Coast. These variable weather patterns have resulted in equally variable snow conditions across B.C.: The mountain snowpack stores precipitation in winter, acting as our natural reservoir. Come spring and summer, these accumulations will melt and be released into rivers, lakes and groundwater. – Advertisement -* Vancouver Island, the South Coast, the Lower Fraser, southern portions of the mid-Fraser and the South Interior (Okanagan, Similkameen, Kettle, Nicola and Kootenay basins) have below-normal snowpacks, ranging between 60-75 per cent of normal range.* In the Central Interior, including the Upper Fraser, Nechako, North Thompson, and northern portions of the mid-Fraser, snowpacks are normal, falling within 90-110 per cent of normal range.* In the north (Peace, Skeena, Liard, Stikine), snowpacks are well above normal, generally in the 110-140 per cent of normal range. The above-normal snowpacks in some portions of northern B.C., such as the Skeena, Nass, Stikine and Liard basins, may result in higher than normal streamflows during the May-June freshet. For additional information, including a summary of snow pillow data and conditions, and graphs of snow-water equivalents, log on to www.env.gov.bc.ca/rfc/river_forecast/bulletin.htm.
FIFTY local sports groups will receive a total of €13,000 in funding to help older people get more active in our communities.Groups benefitting in Donegal this year are spread right across the county and include a wide variety of activities and sports.Minister Joe McHugh said: “The aim of the grants is to improve the health and wellbeing of older people across Donegal by providing them with opportunities to engage in physical activity and sport. “I am delighted so many local groups will benefit from this tranche of funding from swim clubs in Milford to activity groups in towns like Dunfanaghy and Castlefinn. Groups receiving funding across the country include activities ranging from tennis to rowing, Tai Chi to salsa dancing and yoga to archery.“The National Grant Scheme funding has supported and empowered thousands of groups of older people for many years to get more active more often and the record number of applications this year shows the continued importance of the scheme for groups throughout the country.“Programmes like Go for Life, funded by Sport Ireland, will help us reach the targets set out in the National Physical Activity Plan and approximately 30,000 people nationwide will take part in the activities funded by the grants.“I am delighted we have such a great selection of activities here in Donegal which incorporate excellent social opportunities with getting active. “The success of this scheme shows what can be achieved with a small investment and the importance of funding sport and physical activity, at any age.”The Grant Scheme is part of Age & Opportunity’s Go for Life programme, funded by Sport Ireland and delivered nationally with the support of Local Sports Partnerships and the HSE. SEE FULL LIST OF ORGANISATIONS BELOWActive Seniors240DonegalArdara ICA230DonegalArdara Sheltered Housing Association CLG240DonegalArthritis Ireland, Donegal Branch240DonegalBallybofey and Stranorlar Women’s Group230DonegalBallyshannon & District ARA230DonegalBundoran ARA240DonegalCarndonagh ARA230DonegalCarndonagh Ladies Club240DonegalCarrick Day Centre For the Elderly (Mental Health Association)240DonegalCastlefin 50 – 60+ Group240DonegalClonmany Mental Health Association230DonegalClonmany Youth and Community Resource Centre240DonegalClub 50 Ghaoth Dobhair240DonegalCoiste Forbartha Dhobhair Teo240DonegalComhlacht Forbartha An Tearmainn230DonegalCoole Cranford Community Centre240DonegalCranford Womens Group240DonegalCumann Cairdeas Chloich Cheann Fhaola240DonegalDeafHear.ie240DonegalDonegal Sports Partnership945DonegalDunfanaghy Active Age Group240DonegalDungloe ARA240DonegalDunkineely Active Age Group ARA240DonegalFahan ICA230DonegalForesters Active Age Group240DonegalGreencastle Community Dev. Co. Ltd.240DonegalIllies Golden Gloves Boxing Club230DonegalInch Island Indoor Bowling300DonegalIrish Wheelchair Association, Manorcunningham240DonegalKinlough ICA Guild240DonegalKurling Club Raphoe ARA240DonegalLifford ICA240DonegalManorcunningham Women’s Group240DonegalMevagh Family Resource Centre FRC240DonegalMilford Swimming Club240DonegalMná Phort Mhaise230DonegalMoville Men’s Shed240DonegalNazareth House Nursing Home, Donegal230DonegalPettigo and Tullyhommon Women’s Group300DonegalPettigo Day Centre300DonegalRamelton Indoor Bowling Club240DonegalRosbeg and Downstrands Care of the Aged Committee240DonegalRosses CDP240DonegalSliabh Sneacht Community and Heritage Centre300DonegalSouth West Donegal Communities Partnership Ltd300DonegalSpraoi Agus Sport Family Centre Ltd240DonegalSt. Marys Bowling Club300DonegalTaughboyne ICA240DonegalThe Forge Family Resource Centre FRC230DonegalThe Friday Club Lifford ARA240DonegalTir Chonaill U3A Errigal Branch240DonegalFifty sports groups to benefit from funding to get older people active in communities was last modified: December 7th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Rep. Zach Fansler, D-Bethel, addresses the Capitol Press Corps in March 2017. Fansler is facing calls for him to resign from both caucuses after a woman alleged he assaulted her. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The fallout from the assault allegations against Bethel Democratic Rep. Zach Fansler continued Monday, with members from both parties calling for him to resign.Listen nowFansler didn’t show up in the Capitol on the first weekday since the Juneau Empire reported that Juneau police and the Department of Law were investigating him.The Juneau Empire reported Fansler was drunk and slapped a woman repeatedly, rupturing her eardrum, when she denied his sexual advances.Anchorage Democratic Rep. Ivy Spohnholz said Fansler can’t adequately represent his constituents at this point.“I join House majority coalition leadership in calling for Representative Fansler’s resignation,” Spohnholz said. “I think that as leaders, we are called to a higher standard — the highest standard – of behavior, ethical and moral.”The House majority caucus is scheduled to meet Monday evening.It will be the first caucus meeting since the allegations became public and could lead to Fansler being removed from the caucus and losing committee assignments.If Fansler doesn’t resign, he could be expelled from the House by a two-thirds vote – or 27 of 40 — of House members.The House Rules Committee also is meeting tonight. That committee would be responsible for starting the process of expelling Fansler.Spohnholz said Fansler’s position in the House shouldn’t wait for the resolution of a potential legal case.“It’s clear that Representative Fansler stepped over a line,” Spohnholz said. “Whether the court of law convicts him of that is a separate matter.”Anchorage Republican Rep. Charisse Millett said she expects Fansler to “do the right thing” and resign.“We have got to stop tolerating this behavior,” Millett said. “We have got to stop sweeping it under the rug. And we have got to honor the victims and their bravery coming forward.”House members said they believe Fansler is still in Juneau.It’s not clear when or if he will visit the Capitol again.