Muddy water from the breached Mount Polley Mine tailings pond dam floods a downstream creek and road days after the August 2014 dam breach. (Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Center photo)Three engineers who worked on the troubled Mount Polley Mine face formal allegations of negligence and unprofessional conduct. The trio face disciplinary hearings by their professional peers over their work leading up to the 2014 dam breach.Listen nowAbout four years ago, a tailings dam failed late one summer night. It sent millions of gallons of mine waste into the Fraser River watershed that supports commercial salmon fisheries in Southeast Alaska.Three engineers responsible for the dam’s design and operations leading up to the spill now face disciplinary hearings next year by the professional group that licenses engineers in B.C.If found guilty, they could have their licenses suspended and/or be fined thousands of dollars. The engineers were named in filings as Stephen Rice, Laura Fidel and Todd Martin. An attorney for one of the three engineers declined comment.Critics of the open pit copper-gold mine note it’s the first time anyone is being held responsible for the pollution.The provincial government declined to sanction the mining company over the spill.“I don’t think it’s right that they’re going to throw three people under the bus and continue to proceed with their mining project,” said Loretta Williams, who chairs First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining.The group released a report warning that without proper oversight, future mining spills are likely.“Government needs to really step up to the plate and really hold these companies accountable so that nothing like this happens again in the future,” Williams said.The Mount Polley Mine resumed operating in 2016.B.C.’s environment ministry released a statement Wednesday calling the allegations against the engineers “unproven” but noted there’s an ongoing joint investigation by provincial and federal authorities.“All of the information gathered during the course of this investigation will be considered by the Public Prosecution Service of Canada for consideration of charges under the federal Fisheries Act which carries higher penalties than provincial legislation,” the statement said.The Mount Polley Mine’s owner has also been plagued by financial troubles. It recently had a key loan repayment deadline extended from October 1 until February 15, 2019 to keep the Vancouver, B.C.-based company solvent.
Situated on Gonzaga’s campus, between the university’s business school and the St. Aloysius Rectory, Cardinal Bea House played host to at least 20 Jesuit priests accused of sexual abuse. (Photo by Emily Schwing for Reveal)This story was produced in partnership with Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX.Two priests in high-level positions at Gonzaga University resigned Friday. Both previously held leadership roles in the Jesuits’ Oregon Province while it sent Jesuits accused of sexual abuse to live in a home on campus.President Thayne McCulloh announced the resignations of Father Frank Case, university vice president and men’s basketball chaplain, and Father Pat Lee, vice president for mission and ministry, in a brief statement emailed to the Gonzaga community. Both men served on the University President’s cabinet.Case was named in an investigation by the Northwest News Network and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting about sexually abusive Jesuits whose victims were predominantly Native girls, boys and women in Alaska and the Northwest. A Jesuit home on Gonzaga’s campus, Cardinal Bea House, became a retirement repository for at least 20 Jesuit priests accused of such sexual misconduct dating back as far as 1986.In 1989, while serving as head of the Jesuit order’s Oregon Province, Case wrote a letter to the Catholic chaplains association backing Father James Poole’s application to become a chaplain at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington.“(Poole) is a Jesuit priest in very good standing, and it is my strong expectation that he will serve in such a ministry in a manner that is both generous and effective,” Case wrote. Poole got the job, working at the hospital until 2003 when he was removed from ministry and sent to live at Gonzaga.Poole was a serial sexual predator. The Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks has received at least 19 reports of abuse by Poole. In 1988, Poole had been removed from his position at a radio station in Nome after young women who had volunteered at the station wrote letters to the bishop in which they accused Poole of sexual misconduct.In a 2008 deposition, Case said he did not review Poole’s personnel file before writing the letter because he had no indication of misconduct. In a statement through Gonzaga University’s public relations office last week, Case said he did not have access to Poole’s personnel file.Father Patrick Lee led the former Oregon Province through bankruptcy proceedings brought on by abuse claims between 2009 and 2011. The Oregon Province merged with the Jesuits’ California Province to become Jesuits West in 2017.“It is the only way we believe that all claimants can be offered a fair financial settlement within the limited resources of the province,” Lee reportedly said in statement at the time.Cardinal Bea House is located in the middle of Gonzaga’s campus, but is owned by the Jesuit order and Gonzaga does not make decisions about who was assigned there. Priests living in the house who had been accused of abuse were given “safety plans” to restrict their interactions with students. Our investigation found they were not rigorously enforced.Priests accused of sexual abuse were assigned to the house as far back as the 1980s. The last known Jesuit on a safety plan was moved off of Gonzaga’s campus in 2016.Earlier this week, McCulloh issued a written statement to faculty, staff and students saying that he knew Jesuit priests accused of sexual abuse were living in a Jesuit residence on campus, but he had not been aware that any of them might be a threat to students.McCulloh said he relied on Jesuit leadership “to inform us of any Jesuit whose history might pose a threat to our students or campus community. I deeply regret that I was not informed of the presence of (Father James) Poole, nor any other Jesuits who might pose such a danger.”It’s unclear exactly when McCulloh learned about the accused priests living on campus. His statement provides what appears to be contradictory information.“It is important for me to share with you, that in the years following the 2011 Oregon Province bankruptcy, I learned that there had been priests under supervised ‘safety plans’ living at the Jesuit retirement community (Bea House),” he wrote.But in the next sentence, he says, “It was not until 2016, when the Province chose to begin relocating a number of retired men to the Sacred Heart Community in Los Gatos, that I learned that among them were Jesuits who had been on safety plans (and were moved).”News organizations also reported on some of the accusations against Poole and his presence at Gonzaga as far back as 2005. McCulloh has worked at Gonzaga since 1990 and was appointed as interim president in 2009.McCulloh would not make himself available to clarify his statement. He also had declined to be interviewed for the original investigation. McCulloch, Case and Lee could not immediately be reached for comment.The revelations from the investigation are expected to be mentioned during Mass this weekend at St. Aloysius Church, a Jesuit-owned parish on Gonzaga’s campus. The church’s parish priest, Father Tom Lamanna, also a Jesuit, told us we should not attend the service and are not allowed to record the proceedings.
Associated Press Legislators defy Dunleavy, announce Juneau as special session location Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Legislative leaders say the floor sessions would be held at the Capitol in Juneau, while most of the meetings would be in Anchorage at the Legislative Information Office. Tongass forest supporters rally in favor of roadless rule Abbey Collins, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Nina Sparling, KCAW – Sitka Meet Sovereign Bill, the voice behind Molly of Denali Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews Matt Miller, KTOO – Juneau Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov paid a visit to Sitka last week, one of several Alaska stops on a history and culture tour. Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau An incident management team has been assigned to wildfire response north of Fairbanks. The Alaska based group is assuming management of the 600 acre shovel Creek Fire 25 miles northwest of Fairbanks in the Murphy Dome area. Molly is voiced by 14-year-old Indigenous actress Sovereign Bill of Auburn, Washington. Bill is of Tlingit and Muckleshoot descent. Associated Press Passengers in fatal Kenai airplane crash were from Michigan Alaska State Troopers have released the names of two Michigan residents killed in a weekend small airplane crash on the Kenai Peninsula. Kirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage About 150 people turned out in Juneau for a rally opposing expanded development in the Tongass National Forest. Alaska considers $10 million loan fund to prop up Ketchikan’s shipyard Hydroelectric reservoirs in Southeast Alaska are rising this month with the last of the remaining snow melt and some significant rainfall. However, hydro operators caution those lakes are still a long way from full. State officials have extended an air quality advisory for Southcentral Alaska as smoke from the Swan Lake Fire continues to linger over the area. With the future of Alaska’s ferry system in question, the state may offer short-term financing to incentivize work at Ketchikan’s shipyard. Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Jökulhlaup raises Taku River levels; Suicide Basin release likely in next few weeks Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg Team assigned to Creek Fire northwest of Fairbanks The Swan Lake fire has grown to 32,300 acres. The fire has been burning since early June in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. This weekend, winds spread the fire within two miles of the Sterling Highway. Hydro lakes rebounding, but a long way from full State extends air quality advisory amid Swan Lake Fire Swan Lake fire grows, moving closer to Sterling Highway Russian ambassador seeks conversation, friendship in first visit to Sitka Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau The rising water level will bring more debris and much colder water. “So, if you were to perhaps fall in the river, there would be more risk of hypothermia,” said Nicole Ferrin of the National Weather Service.
Eluru: Joint Collector M Venugopala Reddy directed the revenue and agriculture officials to take all steps so that the poor farmers in the district get crop loan. He convened a videoconference with Tahsildars and agriculture officers from Collectorate on Monday. Speaking on the occasion, Reddy said they should ensure that every farmer who possess loan eligibility card gets crop loan. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us Stating that so far 2.02 lakh farmers were issued with loan eligibility cards, the JC instructed the officials to give the cards to all eligible farmers in the district. He asked them to prepare a report with details of eligible farmers. Informing that the district administration has taken up exercise to issue house sites to all the poor families, Reddy said that the machinery had already began the exercise of acquisition of land necessary for the purpose in a big way. Tahsildars should prepare the list of eligible beneficiaries from all mandals. He asked revenue divisional officials to come out with comprehensive reports on details of eligible poor families in Kovvuru, Jangareddigudem, Eluru and Narsapuram divisions.
Jukkal (Kamareddy): “We all should work to achieve the goal of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, who is striving to make the State Bangaru Telangana,” said Jukkal MLA Hanmanth Shinde.Shinde launched membership drive at Jukkal mandal headquarters on Wednesday and said that he strongly hopes that every house in Jukkal constituency will have at least one TRS activist. The leaders are strengthening the party from grass-root level, he added. About 200 Congress activists have joined the TRS in the presence of Shinde. Inviting them into the party fold, the MLA assured that the TRS treats people of all communities equally.
Bhadrachalam: District Collector Rajat Kumar Saini, Integrated Tribal Development Agency Project Officer VP Goutham and Sub-Collector Bavesh Mishra visited the tank bund of river Godavari on Friday.During their visit, architect Samruth Pradhan from Bombay also accompanied them. The officials discussed the beautification of tank bund and nearby places of the temple. The Collector asked Samruth Pradhan to submit a detailed project report for the project.
Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday took a dig at the Aam Aadmi Party when one of its MLAs sought to criticise the Centre for scrapping Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. During Zero Hour on the third day of Punjab assembly session here, Amarinder Singh questioned AAP legislator Kanwar Sandhu why he was opposing the Centre’s decision when his party president has already supported the abrogation of the Constitutional provision. Seeking to draw the House’s attention to the Centre’s decision of abrogating the Article 370 and stripping Jammu and Kashmir of its special status, while bifurcating it into two Union territories, Sandhu termed the Modi government’s move as “unconstitutional” and an “attack” on the federal structure of the country. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us As Sandhu was busy criticising the Centre, the chief minister stood up and said AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal has already supported it. “I do not understand one thing that (AAP) president Kejriwal ji is supporting it and he (Sandhu) is speaking against it. Which side you are?” asked Amarinder, triggering a guffaw in the House. Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Monday had supported the Centre’s decisions on Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us “We hope this will bring peace and development in the state,” Kejriwal had said in his tweet. Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday had moved a resolution in the Rajya Sabha to abolish Article 370 after the President issued a notification and also moved a bill to divide the state into two Union territories — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
NEW DELHI: Amid the ongoing tensions with Pakistan over the abrogation of Article 370, Pakistani forces have started moving equipment to their forward bases close to Ladakh. “Three C-130 transport aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force was airfield used on Saturday to ferry equipment to their Skardu airbase opposite the Union Territory of Ladakh. The Indian agencies concerned are keeping a close eye on the movement of Pakistanis along with the border areas,” government sources told ANI. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us Sources said the equipment moved to the forward operating base could be support equipment for fighter aircraft operations. Pakistanis are most likely to move in their JF-17 fighter planes to the Skardu airfield, they said. The Indian intelligence agencies along with the Air Force and Army are keeping a close watch on the movement of the Pakistani Air Force as they can see almost the entire length and breadth of Pakistan. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us The Pakistanis use an older version of the C-130 transport aircraft supplied by the Americans a long time ago and one of their military rulers Gen Zia Ul Haq was also killed in power when the C-130 in which he was travelling crashed in August 1988 due to a bomb explosion. Sources said the Pakistan Air Force was planning to conduct an exercise of its Air Force and Army elements and the move of shifting planes to the forward base could also be a part of it. Skardu is a forward operating base of the Pakistan Air Force and it uses it to support its Army operations on the border with India. Pakistan has been trying to make a big issue out of India’s decision of scrapping Article 370 and bifurcating Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
New Delhi: The customary exchange of sweets between the BSF and Pakistan Rangers along the International Border did not take place on Monday on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, officials said. The unilateral withdrawal of diplomatic ties by Pakistan with India in the wake of the Modi government’s decision to revoke provisions of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir is being seen as a reason for the non-conduct of the ceremony. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us They said the Pakistani side refused to attend the ceremony after the Border Security Force (BSF) sent across official communication to exchange sweets and greetings along the IB running through Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat. “The customary event did not take place at any location along the India-Pakistan border on the occasion of Eid al-Adha on Monday,” a senior official said. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us The two forces that are deployed along the over 3,000 km of these border exchange sweets on major festivals such as Eid, Holi, Diwali and their respective national days. However, a similar exchange of sweets between BSF personnel and their Bangladeshi counterparts, Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB), took place at designated locations along with the 4,096-km frontier shard by the two countries. Senior commanders of the two forces exchanged best wishes and presented sweets to each other as part of the existing friendly protocol along the Bangladesh border, the official said.
Tarnaka: The All India Students Federation (AISF) on Monday demanded that both the Central and the State governments implement a common education system. Raising the demand, State AISF organising secretary R N Shankar led a rally under the auspices of Secunderabad committee from Osmania University campus to Tarnaka. He hoisted AISF flag at Tarnaka Crossroads. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us Shankar pointed out that the education system should be scientific and criticised the current system as a burden on the poor. He alleged that corporate educational institutions were collecting lakhs as fees. Hence, there was a need for a common education system. Shankar also said that AISF would move forward with the aim of a strong student agitation to press the demand. Among those who participated in the rally were AISF Hyderabad unit vice-president Prem, district secretary Naresh, Sriman, Kompalli Srinivas, Vamsi, Shiva and Raju.