(Knezevich) Port Alberni Port Authority CEO Zoran Knezevich is back from his 3-week tour of Asia and Australia, where he and his team were promoting a proposed container terminal and liquefied natural gas facility. Knezevich, Port Authority Boardmember Darren Deluca, Huu-ay-aht's John Jack, and their consultant Stockwell Day met with hundreds of potential investors and customers in what they called an exhausting marathon of meetings. As part of Premier Christy Clark's 200-member trade mission to Asia, he says the trip also helped them get to know other BC corporate and political leaders a lot better. Knezevich said while most people they met with in China, Japan, and Korea had never heard of Port Alberni, he is now following up on the dozens of contacts they established abroad.
(Residential School) The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council and Tseshaht First Nation are hosting a conference on a painful part of the Residential School Era. It has recently been revealed that children as young as 5-years old were kept on the verge of starvation for research purposes. Children who were then forced to steal food scraps to survive, were severely beaten when caught. The conference starts at 9 this morning, and features a presentation from Dr. Ian Mosby from the University of Guelph, whose bio-medical research uncovered the guidelines for the government's study on the effects of starvation.
(shots fired) More logging equipment was discovered shot up on Monday. A pair of logging trucks parked at Franklin River Road and Cameron Main suffered thousands of dollars in damage after windows and engine parts were shot out. Many people in the forest industry report a rise in the number of hunters chasing deer in the area, especially younger hunters on ATV's and other smaller off-road vehicles. And vehicles in town are being vandalized as well. Two cars parked on 9th Avenue had their tires slashed over the weekend, while a truck parked on 14th suffered a broken window and a dented door after a large rock was thrown at it. Police are looking for information on the vandals behind these senseless and expensive crimes.
The Victoria Grizzlies announced a change to their ownership group Monday. On Tuesday, they made a change to their Management and Coaching Staff, firing Head Coach and General Manager Bill Bestwick. Published Media reports indicate Bestwick has not been paid "in some time"
Bulldogs Forwards Justin Georgeson and Mitch Makin both picked up Honorable Mentions in the BCHL's Player of the Week announcement on Monday, playing a big part in back-to-back Bulldog wins. Vernon Vipers Forward Michael McNicholas was named Player of the Week.
The Bulldogs are on a two game winning streak after topping the Cowichan Valley Capitals 5-2 on Friday night, and the Chilliwack Chiefs 7-2 on Sunday afternoon. The Dogs are just two points back of the Capitals for the final Playoff spot in the Island Division, with the Dogs holding a game in hand. The Dogs travel to Duncan to face the Capitals on Friday night, before returning home Saturday to host the Victoria Grizzlies.
Alberni Wrestlers Help to Win Club Title at the Abby Invite
Twelve wrestlers from the Alberni Valley Wrestling team travelled to Abbotsford over the weekend to wrestle as a part of a Vancouver Island team competing in the annual Abbotsford Invitational. The Island team walked away with the club title in the both the boys and girls divisions. Individually, Alberni had 10 wrestlers place, with 8 wrestlers taking home medals.
Jessie Wagner, Remi Wells, Michel Kurucz, Nolan Badovinac and Aaron Badovinac all won their divisions taking home gold medals. Isaac McDonald and Christian Anderson both captured silver medals, and Lauren Barker took home a bronze medal. Johannes Kulich placed 4th while Jarred Beckett finished 5th.
Coaches Chris Bodnar and John McDonald were very pleased with the team results. Coach Bodnar commented on the need to get competition early in the season. ‘’This was an elite tournament with many of the best kids in the province competing. A club from Saskatchewan came just because of the quality of wrestling there would be. Our top wrestlers need this early in the season to see where the bar is set. Amazingly we stepped up to the plate and performed exceptionally well’’.
Coach McDonald commented on some of Alberni’s individual performances. ‘’ For our top kids this was a great opportunity to get some tough matches. Christian Anderson was able to wrestle two tough kids from Saskatchewan. Remi Wells, Lauren Barker, Michel Kurucz, Jessie Wagner and Nolan Badovinac all had exceptional tournaments. Our two middle school kids Aaron Badovinac and Isaac McDonald also showed they are ready for this level of competition.’’
The next wrestling action will see the ADSS team and middle schools in Duncan at the Cougar Invite on Dec. 14th. The last week before Xmas break will be the War on the Floor wrestling tournament at Simon Fraser University.
The Port Alberni Men's Rookie Hockey League is looking for new players and spares. The league is intended to provide players 19 years of age and older with an opportunity to have some fun and get some exercise out on the ice. The League has 10 Teams, and plays mostly Sunday nights from September to April. Call League President Eric at 250-723-1389 or visit www.albernirookiehockey.ca for more information.
The Port Alberni Ladies Basketball League is also looking for players, from "Grade 9 to Great Grandma" Check them out on Facebook or email Karli for more information