Alberni News Staff

North Island College student research assistant Avalon Kline-Smith holds up a piece of dried Alaria marginata, also known as Pacific wakame or winged kelp. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

North Island College researching seaweed processing possibilities

New research partnership is between NIC and Cascadia Seaweed Corp.

North Island College student research assistant Avalon Kline-Smith holds up a piece of dried Alaria marginata, also known as Pacific wakame or winged kelp. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Port Alberni court house (Alberni Valley News)

Alberni man gets four years for multiple sex assault charges

Colin Robert Hall was found guilty in the Port Alberni Law Courts

Port Alberni court house (Alberni Valley News)
Protesters and campers who joined the “occupy shelter” tent city in front of Our Home on Eighth (Port Alberni’s shelter) continue to pack their belongings and tents after being told to leave. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Editorial: Island politicians need to get vocal about homelessness

No Vancouver Island community is immune as latest Port Alberni issues have shown

Protesters and campers who joined the “occupy shelter” tent city in front of Our Home on Eighth (Port Alberni’s shelter) continue to pack their belongings and tents after being told to leave. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Tsawaayuus Rainbow Gardens is located on Russell Place in Port Alberni. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Island Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Port Alberni long-term care home

One Rainbow Gardens staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, no residents have symptoms

Tsawaayuus Rainbow Gardens is located on Russell Place in Port Alberni. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Crews remove a rail tank that was found to be leaking bunker oil in the rail yard at McLean Mill National Historic Site the week of Oct. 26, 2020. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Oil spill at McLean Mill contained after lock valve mysteriously opened

RCMP want to know how a valve in an old rail car storing Bunker C oil was opened

Crews remove a rail tank that was found to be leaking bunker oil in the rail yard at McLean Mill National Historic Site the week of Oct. 26, 2020. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Emergency crews respond to an apartment fire on Tuesday, Oct. 20. (PHOTO COURTESY JERRY FEVENS)

Port Alberni RCMP investigate possible arson

Fire was contained but three people displaced in aftermath

Emergency crews respond to an apartment fire on Tuesday, Oct. 20. (PHOTO COURTESY JERRY FEVENS)
The School District 70 administration office in Port Alberni. AV NEWS FILE PHOTO

Alberni School District renamed ‘Pacific Rim’

School District 70 name change reflects district’s West Coast roots

The School District 70 administration office in Port Alberni. AV NEWS FILE PHOTO
This photo of Wood Elementary School was taken in 2016. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)

COVID-19 case reported at Wood Elementary School in Port Alberni

Date of potential exposure was Monday, Oct. 19

This photo of Wood Elementary School was taken in 2016. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)
(BLACK PRESS FILE PHOTO)

Nanaimo man killed in Highway 4 crash

RCMP say dirt bike turned ‘suddenly’ into traffic

(BLACK PRESS FILE PHOTO)
Port Alberni resident Holly Braker-McLaughlin captured footage of five bears playing in her yard. (SCREENSHOT)

VIDEO: Quintet of bears frolic in Vancouver Island yard

Port Alberni family was treated to a visit from some playful black bears

Port Alberni resident Holly Braker-McLaughlin captured footage of five bears playing in her yard. (SCREENSHOT)
The Alberni-Clayoquot Recycling Depot is located on Third Avenue in Port Alberni. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

EDITORIAL: It’s Waste Reduction Week in Canada. What are you doing to reduce waste?

How can you challenge yourself to assist in diverting more waste from the landfill?

The Alberni-Clayoquot Recycling Depot is located on Third Avenue in Port Alberni. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Helen Poon, 2020 BC Liberal candidate, Mid Island Pacific Rim. (FILE PHOTO)
Helen Poon, 2020 BC Liberal candidate, Mid Island Pacific Rim. (FILE PHOTO)
The Barkley Sentinel, a 73-foot Ocean Class Oil Spill Response Vessel, motors past Centennial Pier in the Alberni Harbour on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. It will be one of several vessels moored at the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation’s base in Port Alberni, B.C. (PHOTO COURTESY PA PORT AUTHORITY)

Alberni spill response base to conduct exercise at fuel dock Oct. 15

Fuel dock will remain open for business during West Coast Marine Response Corporation’s drill

The Barkley Sentinel, a 73-foot Ocean Class Oil Spill Response Vessel, motors past Centennial Pier in the Alberni Harbour on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. It will be one of several vessels moored at the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation’s base in Port Alberni, B.C. (PHOTO COURTESY PA PORT AUTHORITY)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Caige Sterzer battles it out with a Capitals player during a weekend exhibition game in Duncan. (KEVIN ROTHBAUER / BLACK PRESS)

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs winless on the road over long weekend

Bulldogs fall to Cowichan Valley Capitals twice

Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Caige Sterzer battles it out with a Capitals player during a weekend exhibition game in Duncan. (KEVIN ROTHBAUER / BLACK PRESS)
A suspect painted “vulgar” language and images on the Sproat River bridge on Oct. 7. (PORT ALBERNI RCMP PHOTO)

Port Alberni RCMP seeking witnesses after ‘vulgar’ graffiti painted on Highway 4

The damage occurred on Wednesday, Oct. 7 sometime between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

A suspect painted “vulgar” language and images on the Sproat River bridge on Oct. 7. (PORT ALBERNI RCMP PHOTO)
BC Transit buses in Port Alberni will soon be installed with full driver doors. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

More driver protection coming for Vancouver Island BC Transit buses

BC Transit buses will soon be equipped with full driver doors

BC Transit buses in Port Alberni will soon be installed with full driver doors. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
One of several photos depicting the exterior mess around the Harbourview Apartments on Third Avenue that was included in a 100-page report to council on the buillding. (CITY OF PORT ALBERNI PHOTO)

EDITORIAL: No excuse for bad buildings

It is costing taxpayer dollars to have bylaw, RCMP and firefighters respond to calls

One of several photos depicting the exterior mess around the Harbourview Apartments on Third Avenue that was included in a 100-page report to council on the buillding. (CITY OF PORT ALBERNI PHOTO)
Port Alberni resident Graham Hughes is running as an Independent candidate in the Mid Island-Pacific Rim riding in the 2020 provincial election. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

BC VOTES 2020: Independent candidate Graham Hughes wants change in Mid Island-Pacific Rim

Graham Hughes is running as an Independent in the 2020 provincial election

Port Alberni resident Graham Hughes is running as an Independent candidate in the Mid Island-Pacific Rim riding in the 2020 provincial election. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Helen Poon is running as the BC Liberal candidate for Mid Island-Pacific Rim in the 2020 provincial election. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

BC VOTES 2020: Helen Poon advocates for small business and families in Mid Island-Pacific Rim

Helen Poon is a BC Liberal candidate in the 2020 provincial election

Helen Poon is running as the BC Liberal candidate for Mid Island-Pacific Rim in the 2020 provincial election. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Josie Osborne is running as the BC NDP candidate in the Mid Island-Pacific Rim riding for the 2020 provincial election. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

BC VOTES 2020: Josie Osborne wants to work for the people of Mid Island-Pacific Rim

Josie Osborne is a BC NDP candidate in the 2020 provincial election

Josie Osborne is running as the BC NDP candidate in the Mid Island-Pacific Rim riding for the 2020 provincial election. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)