Search for missing woman continues

Also in news briefs: Civic Service Awards handed out, turf field location confirmed

RCMP are asking for the public’s help to locate 25-year-old Alison Leanne Raspa.

She was last seen on Wednesday (Nov. 22) around 11:30 p.m. leaving Three Below Bar in Whistler Village. Co-workers reported her missing the next day.

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Police have been investigating and say an item of Raspa’s has turned up in Alpha Lake Park.

“We are very concerned for Alison’s well being,” said Staff Sgt. Annie Linteau, senior media relations officer for BC RCMP, in a release. “We ask anyone who may have any information as to Alison’s movements from the time she was last seen leaving the Three Below Bar and the time her personal item was located at Alpha Lake Park on Nov. 23 at 6:30 a.m. to call police immediately.”
Whistler RCMP and Whistler Search and Rescue have been searching the park and the area around the lake while members of the E Division Underwater Recovery Team searched the lake.

Raspa is described as Caucasian with long, brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a black jacket, a white and black striped shirt and black pants. She also had a blue backpack.

Anyone with information is asked to call Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044.

Awards handed out

Three locals were recognized for their volunteer contributions to the community with Civic Service Awards at last Tuesday’s (Nov. 21) council meeting.

This marked the fourth year of the awards, which are given to volunteers who sit on council committees and boards. “The work of council committees and boards is invaluable,” said Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden, in a release. “They provide insightful recommendations to municipal staff and council, with the best interest of the community in mind.”

This year that included:

• Michael Hutchinson for his work with the Mayor’s Task Force on Resident Housing. He also sits on the board of directors of the Whistler Housing Authority. “Michael brings perspective from his experience as a private developer, entrepreneur and active community member in the Sea to Sky corridor, to the complex issue of housing Whistler’s workforce,” the RMOW said, in a release.

• Murray Lunn, who has served as chair of the Recreation Leisure Advisory Committee since it began in 2012. “His role was vital in leading public engagement and working with municipal staff towards the committee’s development of a comprehensive Recreation and Leisure Master Plan that provides guiding direction for Whistler’s municipal parks, trails and rivers, and recreation programs and facilities,” according to the release.

• Sharon Schrul for her volunteer work serving on the Whistler Public Library Board of Trustees, as well as seven years in the Whistler Public Library Materials Management Department.

Location for turf field chosen

Whistler’s new artificial turf soccer field will be located at Bayly Park.

Council confirmed the decision at its last meeting on Tuesday. The new field is set to upgrade the gravel field already in place. The project is slated to cost $2.7 million and was approved in last year’s budget. It’s expected to be finished
next year.

Discussions to locate a field in the park date back to 2008 when the Bayly Park Master plan was first developed. The Recreation and Leisure Master Plan also identified the need for more field space for the popular sport.

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