(watershed) City councillor and regional district chairperson Cindy Solda met with Island Timberlands in Nanaimo yesterday in hopes of working with them to protect Alberni's watershed. But with 25 representatives from governments, Island Health and forest companies at the table, she said little was accomplished other than a decision to form smaller working groups. Solda said her concern is the lack of understanding on how climate change will affect watersheds and water supply. Solda also wants to see increased communication from private forest companies about their logging plans and suggested an annual public forum in Port Alberni with Island Timberlands, Island Health, and the Private Managed Forest Lands council.

(elex) The municipal ballot will remain at 29 names after one of the expected candidates failed to submit his completed application on time. City of Port Alberni Chief Electoral Officer Davina Hartwell says Graham Hughes was deemed to have withdrawn because he did not submit his original nomination papers by the deadline on Friday. Hughes ran in the 2013 regional district by-election in Cherry Creek, but lost to Lucas Banton. Port Alberni voters will have to choose 6 city councillors from a list of 22 candidates, and one mayor from 7 hopefuls. A draw was held yesterday to determine the order of candidates on the ballot. Pat Kermeen will be the first councillor candidate listed while Jacques Savard leads the mayoralty list.


The Bulldogs ran their winning streak to four with wins over the Cowichan Valley Capitals at home on Friday by a 7-3 score, and in Duncan on Saturday with an 8-1 win. Troy Dobbs of Lancaster, NY and local product Josh Harvey scored their first career goals in the win. The Dogs saw their streak snapped when they lost at home on Sunday afternoon to the Prince George Spruce Kings 5-4. The Bulldogs now sit in 2nd place in the Island Division and forward Evan Tironese is tied for the league lead in points. The Bulldogs have another three-in-three weekend ahead of them, as they host the Capitals on Friday night before visiting the Chiefs in Chilliwack on Saturday night and the Rivermen in Langley on Sunday afternoon.

The BCHL handed out their Player of the Week Award yesterday to Chilliwack Chiefs Forward Craig Puffer. Among the honourable mentions were Bulldogs Forwards Evan Tironese and Scott Clark. 

The Black Sheep Rugby Club is looking for new players. Any Men 18 years and up who want to try their hand at Rugby are encouraged to come out and see what it's all about. They have players from 19 to 63, so they can find a place for anyone who wants to play. Practices go every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 at the Black Sheep Rugby Club at the top of Argyle. The Sheep lost a heartbreaker Saturday to Velox Academy by a score of 32-28. The Sheep put together a late-game drive to take the lead, only to have Velox score on the final play of the game to win. The Sheep host the Cowichan Piggies this weekend.

The Alberni Valley Men's Non-Contact Hockey League is looking for new players.

The former Port Alberni Rookie and Alberni Valley Non-Contact Hockey Leagues have merged and are looking for players 19 and over of all levels to join the new recreational league. If you love to play Canada’s game, we can find a place for you!To join a team or to spare for the league, email and come out to our Shinny starting Thursday September 18th at 9:30PM at the Alberni Valley Multiplex.

Men's NCHL scores from the weekend:

Thur oct 16- 
Magic Moments 3 vs Cariboo On Site 1
MacDermott 1 vs John Robbins 7
Fri oct 17- 
MacDermott 6 vs Canadian Tire/Jal Design 6
Kamma an Blake 5 vs Westisle Construction 2
Coulsons 4 vs John Robbins 3
Sunday oct 19- 
Cariboo On Site 4 vs Hetherington 6

Ladies Non-Contact Hockey League
Breakers 4 Bombers 3 
HOCKEY BAGS 4 vs Chicks With Sticks 1
SHOOTERS 1 vs Stingers 0