City Council continues to wrestle with fall-out from the Gertrude Street Bridge Project

Concerns that children are playing on top of the cement dividers on the bridge were raised, along with reports that school bus drivers are having issues with the narrow lanes.

Mayor Mike Ruttan said the $600,000 project is not finished yet

Ruttan said even though the bridge has pedestrian walkways on both sides, he does not see the $175,000 steel pedestrian bridge as a waste of money.

He said a proper rebuild of the bridge would cost a significant amount of cash, and it's not an investment council is prepared to make at this time.

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City Council's mailbag was full of complaints about the proposed renaming of Gertrude, Stamp and Third Avenues

8 letters and e-mails were received protesting the proposed single name arguing the need does not outweigh the costs

Mayor Mike Ruttan said staff are investigating what the cost might be to the city, not what the costs might be to businesses and residents along those streets.

Letter writers said the proposal would be a costly one for businesses and residents, and a misuse of city funds

A report on the issue will be presented at the next council meeting


(private lands)

The chair of the Private Managed Forest Council received an earful from Alberni Clayoquot Regional District directors yesterday

Logging in the Port Alberni watershed remains a hot topic, and Rod Davis said activities around China Creek were investigated.

Director Mike Kokura blasted Davis over the continued water quality issues that stem from TimberWest's logging in the Beaufort Range.

Davis said companies logging their private lands should be open with the public, but he was unaware Island Timberlands had pulled out of a long-time local wild land management advisory group more than a year ago

He said the council was set up by the provincial government as an independant regulatory agency but has little power to force companies to communicate their logging plans with the public.


(air quality)

The Port Alberni Air Quality Council wants you to know ‘What’s in the Air?’ tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the Alberni Valley Multiplex.

Local air quality council chair Sarah Thomas said the free event will feature health and environment experts leading a deeper conversation about air quality issues and the implication on health of the residents in the Valley.

Thomas said woodstoves and vehicle emissions are the biggest source of pollutants in Port Alberni, with slash burning and agricultural emissions also having a seasonal impact.

She said Catalyst Paper will offer information on their operations and the City of Port Alberni will talk about bylaws pertaining to wood stoves and backyard burning.



The Bulldogs announced changes to their Coaching and Hockey Operations staff on Tuesday afternoon, as the contracts of both Adam Hayduk and Damon Pugerude weren't renewed for the 2016-2017 season. Hayduk spent five seasons with the Bulldogs, while Pugerude was with the team for two seasons. JT Ward will take over the Athletic Trainer and Equipment Manager role and will be joining the team in August. Head Coach Kevin Willison and Assistant Coach Alex Evin will be back behind the bench next season.

The Bulldogs announced on Friday that Captain Eric Margo has committed to Queen's University to play CIS hockey for the Gaels for 2016-2017. Margo spent two seasons with the Bulldogs, playing in 124 regular season and playoff games and picking up 54 points. 

In more Bulldogs news, Assistant Coach and Assistant GM Adam Hayduk led his team to the BC U16 Challenge Cup in Salmon Arm. 

Alberni Wrestling held their year end Awards night last week - some of the highlights include McKenzie Boudreau and Owen Spencer being named most out standing Juniors, while Morgan Dagenais was named outstanding senior female with Aaron Badovinac and Isaac MacDonald picking up Senior Men's honours.

Both the Novice and Peewee Tyee Lacrosse teams picked up Silver medals Sunday at the Multiplex, ending up on the wrong end of the championship games, the Peewee's lost in a heartbreaker 2-1 in overtime to Juan De Fuca. 

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs announced their first three recruits for the 2016-2017 season. Henry Marshall, a 6'1 175lb Forward from New Canaan, CT, who played last season for Choate Rosemary Hall, scoring 29 points in 28 games. He's committed to play NCAA Division I hockey with Colgate in 2017. They also added another Colgate committed player in 6'1 182lb defenceman Trevor Cosgrove, who spent the last four seasons with Phillips Exeter Academy, leading them to a 26-4-1 record. Rounding out the trio is 1998 born Forward Augustine "Auggie" Moore from Idina, MN. He had a breakout season as the Captain of Benilde-St. Margret's School in the USHS league putting up 44 points in just 25 games, and 4 points in 2 playoff games. 

The Black Sheep Rugby Club is inviting Men and Women to come try out Touch Rugby. It goes Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6:30. The first half hour is a boot camp style workout, followed by Non-contact Touch Rugby, which is and a great way for Men and Women to try out the sport for the first time

Here's the scores from last week, and the schedule for this week for the Port Alberni Spring Men's Basketball League. Get out and see the action at ADSS.

Wednesday, May 18th results:
 Tseshaht Market 71 vs Black Sheep 58
 Co-op 68 Donut Shop 51
 Team Ralla 74 Ladybird Engraving 65

Wednesday, May 25 schedule
Playoffs Week One
6:15        Team Ralla vs Tseshaht Market 
7:15        Donut Shop vs Black Sheep
8:15        Co-op vs Tseshaht Market