Huskies have a tough game as they hosted the Canucks on Wednesday

first_imgAt 4:53 into period three, the Canucks would not let the Huskies catch up as they would score another goal making it a 4-2 lead over the Pups.Then at 9:36 left in the frame, in a power play, Matthew Apsassin would shoot one into the net with an assist from Aiden Craig-Steele and Oscar Burgess, closening the score 4-3.But at 35 seconds later, the Canucks would extend the lead by scoring on the Pups making it 5-3.Then with one second remaining in the game, the Canucks would score, taking the game 6-3 over the Huskies.Huskies Assistant Coach, Cameron Weir, says this game was a tough one for the team.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies renewed their rivalry with the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks on Wednesday night at the North Peace Arena.At the start of the puck drop, it was pretty clear the Canucks were hungry for a win.Throughout the first period, the Huskies had a challenging time of keeping control of the puck away from the Canucks.- Advertisement -Then at 7:06 into the game, Dawson Creek would score a goal making it 1-0 over the Pups.Another Canucks goal would follow at 9:03 left in the frame making the score 2-0 for the Canucks.Following that goal, the Huskies would call for a 30-second timeout to quickly go over their strategy.Advertisement Despite best efforts, and with a lead on shots, the Pups headed into the second period trailing the Canucks 2-0.At 4:03 into the second frame, the Canucks would score another goal on the Huskies making the score 3-0.Then at 8:45 left in the period, in a power play, Nolan Legace would get a point for the Huskies with a feed from Joel Bourgeois and Matthew Apsassin making the score closer at 3-1.In another power play situation, at 5:03 remaining, Jared Loewen would send one into the net with a double assist from Brady Marzocco and Gary Loewen putting the score at 3-2.Advertisementcenter_img “It was a tough one. It’s been a long road here, the last little bit here, and had some real tough games and things just weren’t clicking for us, and we weren’t executing as good as we’ve been in the recent past year. When you don’t execute the things we’ve been preaching and what’s been working for us, it makes for a really tough night.”The Huskies are now on their Christmas Break and will resume playing on January 5 as they host the Sexsmith Vipers. Game time is 8:00 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.last_img read more

State’s environmental fate rests in governor’s hands

first_img“He has great command of the subjects in a speech-making kind of way. Environmentalists see him, unlike with (former Gov.) Pete Wilson, as `there’s always a chance with Arnold that you might get a bill signed.’ He is a centrist.” Last year, Scwharzenegger won worldwide attention for signing AB32, a law requiring California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020. An end run around the Bush administration, that measure was opposed by the state’s oil industry, utilities and other business groups. Yet he also disappointed environmentalists by vetoing a bill that would have set a $30 fee on shipping containers coming into Los Angeles and Long Beach to fund programs to clean up diesel smog. The trucks and ships in the ports make them the largest stationary source of diesel pollution in California, linked to severe respiratory problems in thousands of people. This year, there are roughly 15 bills on environmental issues that have reached the governor’s desk. “We hope that the governor is going to want to reinforce his environmental reputation by signing some of these key bills,” said Bill Magavern, a lobbyist for the Sierra Club. The bills include: AB 1108, by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, which would ban chemicals called phthalates in toys and child care products designed for children under 3 years old. The chemicals, which are used to soften plastic, have been linked in some studies to early onset of puberty, testicular cancer and liver problems. Opponents of the bill, including the American Chemistry Council, say that without phthalates, toys would become brittle and could pose a choking hazard. They also argue the studies showing health risks were done by giving rats massive doses – far more than children would receive through pacifiers, baby bottles and other products. AB 821, by Assemblyman Pedro Nava, D-Santa Barbara, which would ban lead bullets for hunters in the range of the California condor, which extends roughly from the Bay Area to Los Angeles. Recent studies by toxicologists at UC Santa Cruz have shown that condors, a highly endangered species, have suffered lead poisoning after eating bullet fragments left in deer and wild pigs killed by hunters. Many hunting groups oppose the bill, saying that copper bullets cost more and don’t fly as true. AB 1470, by Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, which would create a $250 million annual subsidy for solar hot water heaters with the goal of installing 200,000 by 2017. The money would come from a surcharge on monthly utility bills that would be set by the California Public Utilities Commission. The bill is modeled after Schwarzenegger’s “Million Solar Roofs” program, and is designed to cut natural gas use by encouraging people to install solar devices that heat the water for their homes. One area of controversy is green buildings. There are three bills that would require green building standards. They are: AB 888, by Assemblyman Ted Lieu, D-El Segundo, which would require that starting in 2013, new commercial buildings over 50,000 square feet would have to meet the “gold” standard of the United States Green Building Council. The rule would affect everything from office buildings to supermarkets. AB 1058, by Assemblyman John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, which would require the state Building Standards Commission to set green building standards for new homes by 2010. AB 35, by Assemblyman Ira Ruskin, D-Los Altos, which would require the state EPA to set sustainable building standards by 2009 for the construction and renovation of state buildings so that they meet the `silver’ standard of the US Green Building Council. Supporters include most of the major environmental groups in Californis who argue that better insulation, more efficient lighting and other measures reduces energy use. Opponents include the California Chamber of Commerce and the other business groups. “We’re very supportive of green building,” said Bob Raymer of the California Building Industry Association. “The problem here is that all three of these bills reference national guidelines, and each of them are put together by private sector groups. They don’t go through any public scrutiny or comment process.” Raymer said that California is unique – with lots of earthquakes, landslides and fires – and should design its own standards. This year, many of the top environmental measures stalled or died in the Legislature, particularly in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. They include measures to require 33 percent of California’s electricity to come from renewable sources, the $30 fee on shipping containers to reduce ports smog, and AB493, by Ruskin, which have would set fees of up to $2,500 on the sale of new vehicles that guzzle gas and emit high levels of carbon dioxide. The money would have funded rebates of up to $2,500 for people who purchase low-emission, fuel-efficient cars. The bill was defeated in the Legislature after intense lobbying from car dealers. “Last year was clearly a better year,” said Magavern of the Sierra Club. “It helps us when it’s an election year.” progers@mercurynews.com (408) 920-5045 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Environmentalists and industry officials alike are holding their breath, waiting for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to act on a stack of environmental bills in the next few days that would do everything from require green building standards on new homes and commercial buildings to banning a controversial type of chemicals in children’s toys. Schwarzenegger has until Sunday to sign or veto all the bills that the state Legislature sent him this year. And as in years past, Schwarzenegger is keeping both supporters and opponents of many of the top environmental issues guessing right until the end. His actions are harder to predict than previous governors, they say. “Arnold is a celebrity. He loves some of these environmental issues,” said John White, executive director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, an environmental group in Sacramento. last_img