(airport) The Alberni Clayoquot Regional District Board of Directors voted to move ahead with plans to extend the Alberni Valley Airport Runway. The $7.5 million project was brought forward by the Alberni Valley committee, who are hoping some of the funding would come through gas tax rebates. They will also put forward a plan to borrow up to $6 million from the Municipal Finance Authority, and repay over a 30-year term, which would cost every Alberni Valley homeowner another $23 a year on their tax bill. ACRD CAO Russell Dyson said the next step is to hold an alternate approval vote to ensure opposition to the project is less than 10% of qualified Alberni Valley voters. Dyson said staff will spend the next couple of weeks working out the details and will bring a plan forward at the next Board meeting. Only Long Beach Director Tony Bennett and Cherry Creek Director Lucas Banton voted against the proposal, with Bennett arguing for a full referendum instead of the alternate approval type of vote.
(wakeboarding) A man who has witnessed the evolution of motorboats on Sproat Lake says the latest fad of wakeboarding is destroying lake properties. Art Skipsey says the large wakes intentionally created by the boats is damaging docks and eroding shoreline properties. Skipsey made a presentation at the ACRD asking for 'no wake' signs to be put up on the lake, and for it to be enforced by the Sproat Lake Marine Patrol. Sproat Lake Director Penny Cote said the Marine Patrol isn't a law enforcement service, but she would forward the sign request to the community association.