(fire report) Port Alberni Fire Chief Tim Pley presented his department's annual report to council earlier this week, showing the work firefighters have done to get to emergencies faster. Pley says there has been a big improvement in turnout times, which is how long it takes for the firefighters to get geared up, into the truck, and rolling towards the call.
Pley said the goal of 240 seconds for travel times is being met 68% of the time, and turnout time targets are hit 80% of the time. 1137 calls for service came into the firehall last year, with 48% of those being medical / first responder calls. There was also 55 house fires,
117 motor vehicle accident rescue calls, and 14 automatic aid events with Beaver Creek and Cherry Creek fire crews.Pley said all local departments are pleased with how well the automatic aid agreement has been working. Beaver Creek had a total of 127 calls in 2013, while Sproat Lake had 72 and Cherry Creek had 67
(ravine rescue) Police and firefighters rescued a woman who had slid down the Roger Creek Ravine looking for a shortcut to Walmart. She called for help around 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon, and after some searching was found in an area behind North Island College where she had slid down an embankment and wasn't able to get back up. Port Alberni Fire Chief Tim Pley said the woman thankfully stopped short of a 100-foot vertical drop to the creekbed.
Crews rigged a steep-angle pulley system and winched the woman up the embankment.
She was uninjured and walked away from the area on her own.
(B&E’s) A 39-year old Port Alberni man who went on a B&E spree was sentenced to 2 years less a day in criminal court yesterday. Nathan Lee stole a car in Port Alberni and drove it over to Qualicum Beach where he broke into a residence. He then headed back to Port Alberni where he broke into a home on Exton Street before being caught breaking into a house on Second Avenue. He pled guilty to police immediately, and admitted he did it for the thrill.
In sentencing Lee, Judge Ronald Lamperson said “that thrill results in the thrill of sitting in jail for a while”. The judge also urged Lee, an admitted drug addict and cocaine dealer, to stay away from Port Alberni during his 3 years of probation once he gets out of jail.
(chamber awards) Nominations are now closed for the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. Some of the nominees this year include:
Business Excellence Award - Browns Excavating, Little Bavaria, Gayles Fashions, Will Pulford – Van Isle Ford/Pacific Chevrolet, Valley Vision Optometry Citizen of the Year - Nancy Wilmot, Ryan Dvorak Chamber of Commerce Award - Pat Deakin, Bob Kanngeisser Tourism and Hospitality Award - Lady Rose Marine Services, McLean Mill, The Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel The Rising Star Award - The Medicine Shop, Bluefish Gallery, Jiffy Lube Special Recognition Award - Boutique Belles Amies, Hertel’s Meats, Jowsey’s Furniture Image Enhancement Award - Aaron Vissia Financial, Blue Fish Gallery, Sproat Lake Landing Social Media Award - The Funk Trunk, Finishing Touches, Serious Coffee Volunteer of the Year Award - Marilyn Gibson, Carol Cutforth, Gareth Flostrand Green Award - Alberni Charters, Naesgaard Farm Market, The Salvation Army Youth of the Year Award - Nathaniel Wynans, Rhylie Lee, Rachele VanZoren Customer Service Award - Gordie Groves – Quality Foods, Staff at: Boutiques Belles Amies, Dani Hovind – Tim Horton’s
Chamber of Commerce manager Bill Collette says a record number of nominations were received this year. The Annual Alberni Valley Community Excellence Awards gala event will be held on Friday April 25th at the Best Western Barclay.
The Bulldogs released details on the completion of several trades before the January 10th BCHL Trade Deadline that involved Future Considerations.
Bulldogs Announce Future Considerations Details
March 28, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are releasing details of the future
considerations components from deals made at the trade deadline that allowed the
team to add depth and make the playoffs.
First of all, 1995-born forward Harlan Orr is the player named as future considerations in
the deal that saw the team acquire 1993-born forward Mitch Owsley from the
Whitecourt Wolverines (AJHL). Owsley was a key ingredient for the Bulldogs down the
stretch, contributing 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists) in 16 regular season games. Half of
Owsley’s goals came on the power play.
Harlan Orr was picked up by the Bulldogs early into the 2013/14 season after the
Salmon Arm Silverbacks decided not to keep Orr just 6 games into the regular season.
In his second season in the BCHL, Orr put up 34 points (9 goals, 25 assists) in 49
regular season games for the Bulldogs and added another 4 points in 7 playoff games
against the Victoria Grizzlies in round 1.
The final future considerations trade that has a player departing the Bulldogs was made
with the Trail Smoke Eaters at the deadline. That trade eventually turned out to see the
playing rights of 1995-born forward Jake Kauppila and 1994-born forward Jesse Knowler
come to the Bulldogs in exchange for 1995-born forward Craig Martin and 1995-born
forward Jakson Elynuik. This trade allowed the Bulldogs to retain the services of Martin
for the rest of the 2013/14 season while adding the skill, work ethic, and leadership of
Jake Kauppila for the remainder of the 2013/14 season; Knowler will join the Bulldogs
for the 2014/15 season.
Knowler, a former major midget teammate of Tryg Strand, spent his 17-year-old season
with the Prince Alberni Raiders (WHL) and the last two years with the Smoke Eaters.
Knowler had 9 multiple-point games for the Smokies in 2013/14, including a 3-assist
performance against the Merritt Centennials, a 1 goal and 2 assist performance against
the West Kelowna Warriors, and a 5 assist game against the Vernon Vipers. In a season
where it would have been easy to pack it in, Knowler finished strong with 12 points in
his final 7 games of the season with the Smokies, ending with 35 points in 47 games.
Going the other way is Craig Martin, who was acquired in a trade early this season that
had Martin and future considerations come to the Bulldogs for 1994-defenseman Jared
Wilson. In 41 games in a Bulldogs jersey Martin scored 10 goals and added 13 assists.
In 7 playoff games, Martin scored 4 goals and added 1 assist.
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs would also like to formally announce that Jake Kauppila,
who was originally committed to attend Michigan Tech for the 2014/15 season, is
deferring for a season and is expected to be back with the Bulldogs next season.
As is always the case, the Bulldogs had to give up something to get something. Harlan
Orr and Craig Martin were exemplary teammates and outstanding contributors to the
team and to the community. The Bulldogs family wish Harlan and Craig all the best with
their future teams and look forward to welcoming Jesse Knowler to the Bulldogs family
and to a strong core of players returning for the 2014/15 season.
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs hit the ice next for the annual Spring Identification Camp in
Port Alberni, BC from April 18-20, 2014. As always, the Bulldogs’ camp will be open to
the public and an official schedule will be posted on the team’s website during the week
leading up to the spring camp.