Alberni News Staff

Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Cole Melady skates the puck into the Powell River zone during a Feb. 5 game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs edge Powell River Kings in close game

Bulldogs now sit in second place in the BCHL’s Coastal Conference

Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Cole Melady skates the puck into the Powell River zone during a Feb. 5 game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs goaltender Hobie Hedquist makes a pad save during a Chilliwack powerplay opportunity on Jan. 25, 2022. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs topple Chilliwack Chiefs with 7-3 win

Port Alberni team sits in second place in the BCHL’s Coastal Conference

Alberni Valley Bulldogs goaltender Hobie Hedquist makes a pad save during a Chilliwack powerplay opportunity on Jan. 25, 2022. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
A photo of Clifton Johnston is placed against a rock in front of the Port Alberni Friendship Center during a candlelight vigil for the young man. (SUSAN QUINN/Alberni Valley News)

Teenager charged in 2021 Port Alberni murder

Clifton Johnston was found stabbed to death in front of the Port Alberni Friendship Centre

A photo of Clifton Johnston is placed against a rock in front of the Port Alberni Friendship Center during a candlelight vigil for the young man. (SUSAN QUINN/Alberni Valley News)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Josh Van Unen fires a shot past Nanaimo Clippers forward Kai Daniells during a powerplay opportunity on Jan. 19, 2022. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Josh Van Unen fires a shot past Nanaimo Clippers forward Kai Daniells during a powerplay opportunity on Jan. 19, 2022. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Hobie Hedquist, who blocked 34 shots, earned his fourth BCHL shutout on Saturday night over the Cowichan Valley Capitals. (PHOTO COURTESY KAICEE TROTT)

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs pick up third straight win with shutout against Caps

Goaltender Hobie Hedquist just one shutout behind franchise record

Hobie Hedquist, who blocked 34 shots, earned his fourth BCHL shutout on Saturday night over the Cowichan Valley Capitals. (PHOTO COURTESY KAICEE TROTT)
Lisa George, left, and other volunteers with the Grassroots Homelessness Coalition set up the trailer and awning used in their pop-up warming centres in the spare lot beside the Port Alberni Friendship Center in early December 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY GRASSROOTS H. COALITION)

Vancouver Island charity ransacked right down to the soup bowls

More than $5,000 worth of supplies stolen from Alberni’s Grassroots Homelessness Coalition’s trailer

Lisa George, left, and other volunteers with the Grassroots Homelessness Coalition set up the trailer and awning used in their pop-up warming centres in the spare lot beside the Port Alberni Friendship Center in early December 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY GRASSROOTS H. COALITION)
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Traffic stop leads to seizure of meth, crack and other drugs in Port Alberni

Port Alberni RCMP also found cash and a loaded firearm

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Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Mirko Buttazzoni battles with a pair of Coquitlam Express players for the puck during a game on Dec. 11, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs acquire veteran forward in trade with Express

In exchange, the Bulldogs have traded rookie forward Mirko Buttazzoni

Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Mirko Buttazzoni battles with a pair of Coquitlam Express players for the puck during a game on Dec. 11, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Highway 4 will be closed near McCoy Lake Road on Jan. 4, 2022. (SCREENSHOT)

UPDATE: Highway 4 west of Port Alberni re-opens after semi-truck rollover

Vehicle will be recovered after early-morning MVI

Highway 4 will be closed near McCoy Lake Road on Jan. 4, 2022. (SCREENSHOT)
Senior girls’ Armada player Natalie Clappis successfully blocks senior boys’ Armada guard Daniel Chin during a scrimmage on Totem Media Day, Dec. 9, 2021, at the Alberni District Secondary School gym. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Totem basketball tournament postponed in Port Alberni

New COVID-19 public health orders put a halt to tournaments

Senior girls’ Armada player Natalie Clappis successfully blocks senior boys’ Armada guard Daniel Chin during a scrimmage on Totem Media Day, Dec. 9, 2021, at the Alberni District Secondary School gym. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Emergency crews responded to this truck crash on Johnston Road on Dec. 19, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY PA FIRE DEPARTMENT)

Island RCMP issue warning about safe winter driving after multiple crashes

Heavy snowfall, icy roads and driver inattention all factors

Emergency crews responded to this truck crash on Johnston Road on Dec. 19, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY PA FIRE DEPARTMENT)
Search and rescue crews pick up an injured snowmobiler near Antler Creek on Dec. 19, 2021. (SCREENSHOT)

Injured snowmobiler rescued near Klitsa Mountain

Search and rescue crews from Port Alberni and Comox teamed up

Search and rescue crews pick up an injured snowmobiler near Antler Creek on Dec. 19, 2021. (SCREENSHOT)
Totem Spirit candidate Emma Fines (left) and her manager Jordyn Broeckhuizen are getting ready for Totem 66. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Totem basketball tournament returns for 66th year

2021 tournament was cancelled due to COVID-19

Totem Spirit candidate Emma Fines (left) and her manager Jordyn Broeckhuizen are getting ready for Totem 66. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ forward Ryan Tverberg beats Nanaimo Clippers’ Tim Washe to the puck at centre ice in first period action of their exhibition game Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. The Clippers won the game 3–1. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Former Vancouver Island player invited to Canada’s World Juniors hockey camp

Alberni Valley Bulldogs Ryan Tverberg one of 21 forwards invited to Team Canada’s selection camp

Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ forward Ryan Tverberg beats Nanaimo Clippers’ Tim Washe to the puck at centre ice in first period action of their exhibition game Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. The Clippers won the game 3–1. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
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Police warn of counterfeit money being used on Vancouver Island

Counterfeit $100 and $50 Canadian bills have been used at Port Alberni businesses

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Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Josh Van Unen winds up to fire a shot at the Langley Rivermen goal on Saturday, Nov. 27. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Josh Van Unen winds up to fire a shot at the Langley Rivermen goal on Saturday, Nov. 27. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Sandbags are available at the Port Alberni Public Works Yard on Sixth Avenue. Residents must bring their own shovels. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

High streamflow advisory issued for Vancouver Island rivers

More storms expected this week and over the weekend

Sandbags are available at the Port Alberni Public Works Yard on Sixth Avenue. Residents must bring their own shovels. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs celebrate Ethan Bono’s first goal of the night on Nov. 18. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs fall to Kings in goal-filled game

Bulldogs goaltender Jackson Glassford earns game misconduct

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs celebrate Ethan Bono’s first goal of the night on Nov. 18. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Paramedics assist a pedestrian that was struck by a car in the parking lot of Save-On-Foods in Port Alberni on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. The person suffered minor injuries. (PHOTO COURTESY SUSAN ROTH)

Pedestrian struck in Vancouver Island parking lot prompts RCMP warning

Central Island city saw two deaths, serious injuries in 2020 pedestrian accidents

Paramedics assist a pedestrian that was struck by a car in the parking lot of Save-On-Foods in Port Alberni on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. The person suffered minor injuries. (PHOTO COURTESY SUSAN ROTH)
From left to right: Alberniology co-editors Jacqueline Carmichael and Derek Hanebury stand with publisher Colton Nelson. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni authors release anthology for a good cause

All proceeds from Alberniology will go to the Alberni Valley Hospice Society

From left to right: Alberniology co-editors Jacqueline Carmichael and Derek Hanebury stand with publisher Colton Nelson. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)