Despite delaying the new Kids Arena Fieldhouse’s grand opening, which affected a lot of the building’s user groups, the committee has decided to open the facility to its user groups by Nov. 14.After revealing the delayed grand opening, the committee was approached by the Fort St. John Soccer Club, who expressed the difficulties that would ensue with scheduling without the use of the facility.Trevor Bolin, Co-Chair of the Kids Arena Fieldhouse Committee, says the comittee and soccer club met Friday morning, and determined that the user groups will be able to use the facility for league games until the grand opening takes place on Jan. 2, 2012.- Advertisement -Bolin says the committee and the user groups agreed that this “soft opening” is a proper resolution method and could also benefit the new facility, as the user groups will provide feedback in order to help “work out all the kinks” within the newly renovated facility.Programming, public rentals and drop-ins are to be phased in during November and December.The Arena’s grand opening is still scheduled for Jan 2, 2012, after which the facility will be open to the general public as well.Advertisement
Shell rig leaving Dutch Harbor this month. Photo: John Ryan/KUCB.Royal Dutch Shell has announced its quarterly financial results. They’re not good, and Shell’s dry hole in the Chukchi Sea is just one factor.Download Audio“Shell’s current-cost-of-supply earnings for the quarter were a loss of $6 billion,” Shell CFO Simon Henry said at the top of a video summarizing the third quarter. The reported losses for shareholders exceed $7 billion.For its canceled Arctic project, Shell wrote off $2.6 billion this quarter. That’s significantly smaller than the write-off Shell took due to lower expectations for oil and gas prices. In all, Shell’s write-offs come to $8 billion.CEO Ben Van Beurden, in a conference call with reporters, repeated the reasons Shell halted work on its Arctic leases after drilling a single dry hole.“Due to the high cost and the challenging and unpredictable regulatory environment, we have decided to just cease further exploratory activity offshore Alaska for the foreseeable future,” he said.The CEO called it “probably the most regulated and high-profile oil province in the world.”“Of course, we are of the view that the U.S. Government should simplify and modernize the permit processes there if there are any ambition to develop oil and gas in the offshore of Alaska.”Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has said the government was holding Shell to the highest standards to ensure safety.