(ukee evac) Ucluelet's downtown core had to be evacuated yesterday just before noon due to an ammonia leak. District officials closed off the area around the Whiskey Dock and Ucluelet Aquarium. Ucluelet's environmental and emergency services manager Karla Robison said there was an ammonia leak at Ucluelet Harbour Seafoods and anyone with a business or residence located below Peninsula road was strongly urged to evacuate to higher ground. The RCMP and Coast Guard Auxiliary were on the water advising kayakers and boaters not to come into the harbour. Robison said ammonia is combustible so there was a risk of an explosion, but it also disperses quickly, so the downtown area was re-opened shortly after 1 pm.
(boat safety) Port Alberni RCMP are on the water, checking that boaters have all the necessary training and emergency supplies. Constable Pete Batt says the biggest issue they're facing this year is drinking and boating. Batt says Penalties for driving a boat while impaired are similar to drunk driving with a vehicle. Another concern is the rise in popularity for Stand-Up Paddle Boards and how people are heading out on the water without necessarily knowing the rules. According to police, Paddleboarders are required to wear a life jacket and have a noise-making device like a whistle
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have solidified their goaltending position, adding 20 year old Billy Christopolous from the Des Moines Buccaneers from the USHL. The Raleigh, North Carolina native played 71 games with the Bucs over the last two seasons.
Former Alberni Valley Bulldogs Head Coach and Port Alberni Native Jim Hiller has been hired by the NHL's Detroit Red Wings as an Associate Coach under Mike Babcock. Hiller Coached the Bulldogs for the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 seasons, with 05-06 seeing the team ranked #2 in the National Rankings while winning 20 straight games.
Alberni Valley Track Club athlete Rylee Mitchell turned in a great performance at the North American Indigenous Games as he dominated the U16 Boys Javelin competition with a NAIG record throw. Mitchell would then go on to win a Gold in the Triple Jump, two Silvers in the 300 and 800 metre runs, and a Bronze as part of the 4X400 metre relay team.
Kenna Harding and Chelsey Charlesowrth also picked up Gold medals with Team BC for U19 Volleyball
Christina Proteau won the Mid-Amateur division at the Canadian Women's Amateur Golf Championship in Woodstock, Ontario on Friday by seven strokes of Helene Chartrand of Quebec. With the win Proteau gets exemptions into the Canadian Pacific Women's Open and the US Women's Amateur