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While some populations of birds found in Newfoundland and Labrador have soared in recent years, others have been getting by on a wing, a prayer and some conservation measures from their human buddies.
Animals factored heavily into what you folks wanted to read on TheWesternStar.com this week, with three of our most-viewed stories centered on our furry or feathered friends, at least in some way.
Two of those articles involved rather unfortunate circumstances. A Corner Brook house that was once home to more roughly 200 stray cats was demolished by the city. Meanwhile, a man in Pasadena was charged with trying to asphyxiate a pet dog inside his vehicle.
The third story, however, contained some more uplifting information. It seems some troubled bird populations are finding safe havens in Newfoundland and Labrador.
While some species in Gros Morne National Park may not be faring so well, the establishment of monitoring practices and protected areas since the park opened in 1973 have resulted in greater numbers.
As far as reader comments over the week that was, you had plenty to say about a parking issue that reared its head (with some prodding from the City of Corner Brook) late in the week.
Mayor Neville Greeley announced that the city would begin ticketing nearly 40 vehicles parked off Confederation Drive Extension if the owners don’t move them within two weeks.
The mayor contends the property has become unsightly for visitors entering the city, but some of you saw the issue differently.
“Maybe if the City of Corner Brook and local businesses along the unused Confederation Drive Extension posted ‘no parking’ signs, people will be aware of it,” commented Jack on our website.
“As a former police officer himself, (Greeley) should know better than to target people for something that is not in writing.”
But Sandra came to the defence of the city after some accused the initiative as being a cash grab.
“If it really was a 'cash grab' by the city they would have just gone up and slapped tickets on all the vehicles without warning anyone. They're giving people two-weeks notice to remove them or they will get a ticket.”
Whatever the motivation to start the process of removing the cars now, our Twitter follower @spragette welcomed the news.
“This is a good thing. Those cars are an eyesore as you drive into this town!” she tweeted to our @western_star account.
Staying with Twitter, it seems some readers think @charlespendercb has control over The Western Star’s comic strips.
“I'm fending off complaints that ‘Andy Capp’ is not legible,” he tweeted. “Help!!”
We took a look, and the long-running strip did seem a bit fuzzy in our July 4 edition. Perhaps if Charles can forward those complaints along and we’ll see what we can do. In the short term, The Star does apologize to the die-hard ‘Andy Capp’ fans out there.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words but, in this case, it was more like $20,000. That’s how much Anne Anstey won in TC Media’s $60,000 Sudoku contest, marking the second straight year the big winner has come from the west coast.
Thousands of you saw the post and link to our video of Anne’s big surprise that we posted on Facebook.
Check it out on our site, and don’t forget to enter our contests.
Next time, we could be surprising you.
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