Alberni News Staff

Bulldogs captain Stephen Castagna fires a shot at the Nanaimo net past Clippers defenceman Brett Merner. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

BCHL: Goaltender Hobie Hedquist earns third straight shutout for Alberni Valley Bulldogs

Bulldogs and Clippers play in front of more than 1,000 fans in Port Alberni

Bulldogs captain Stephen Castagna fires a shot at the Nanaimo net past Clippers defenceman Brett Merner. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs goaltender Hobie Hedquist was named the first star after an Oct. 30 shootout win. (PHOTO COURTESY CHAISSON CREATIVE)

BCHL: Hedquist shuts out Vipers in Alberni Valley Bulldogs win

The shootout went to a fifth round

Alberni Valley Bulldogs goaltender Hobie Hedquist was named the first star after an Oct. 30 shootout win. (PHOTO COURTESY CHAISSON CREATIVE)
Port Alberni RCMP responded to a fatal collision on Bamfield Road on Oct. 24. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Deadly Bamfield road claims another victim a week after safety improvements begin

One killed, three others taken to hospital in early morning crash

Port Alberni RCMP responded to a fatal collision on Bamfield Road on Oct. 24. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Port Alberni’s first rainbow crosswalk was installed a few years ago on Fourth Avenue at Argyle Street, connecting city hall with the Capitol Theatre. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Suspects own up to damaging rainbow crosswalk in Port Alberni

Incidents happened separately in August and September

Port Alberni’s first rainbow crosswalk was installed a few years ago on Fourth Avenue at Argyle Street, connecting city hall with the Capitol Theatre. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs defenceman Emanuelson Charbonneau fires a shot on goal during a game against the Cowichan Valley Capitals. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

BCHL: Two Alberni Valley Bulldogs listed as ‘Players to Watch’ by NHL Central Scouting

Ethan Bono and Emanuelson Charbonneau are both in their second seasons with the Bulldogs

Alberni Valley Bulldogs defenceman Emanuelson Charbonneau fires a shot on goal during a game against the Cowichan Valley Capitals. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Josh Zary battles with Nick Marciano of the Cowichan Valley Capitals during a game in Duncan on Oct. 1, 2021. Zary has been named an alternate captain for the Bulldogs for the 2021-22 season. (KEVIN ROTHBAUER / BLACK PRESS)

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs name leadership team ahead of 2021-22 season

Stephen Castagna is the club’s newest captain

Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Josh Zary battles with Nick Marciano of the Cowichan Valley Capitals during a game in Duncan on Oct. 1, 2021. Zary has been named an alternate captain for the Bulldogs for the 2021-22 season. (KEVIN ROTHBAUER / BLACK PRESS)
A small group of former workers, workers and family members of residents walk with placards protesting conditions at Fir Park Village on Wallace Street and Echo Village on 10th Avenue, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 in Port Alberni. (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the AV News)
A small group of former workers, workers and family members of residents walk with placards protesting conditions at Fir Park Village on Wallace Street and Echo Village on 10th Avenue, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 in Port Alberni. (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the AV News)
Representatives from Tseshaht First Nation accept the $10,000 donation at the Catalyst Port Alberni mill. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Paper Excellence makes $10,000 donation for Vancouver Island residential school memorial

Tseshaht First Nation in Port Alberni is raising funds to honour survivors and victims

Representatives from Tseshaht First Nation accept the $10,000 donation at the Catalyst Port Alberni mill. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Members of the Alberni Valley Rescue Squad muster near the trail system to Cold Creek Falls, where a hiker needed to be rescued Sept. 2, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY RESCUE SQUAD)

Alberni Valley Rescue Squad rescues injured hiker

BC Search and Rescue Association stresses ‘no charge for SAR’ with video series

Members of the Alberni Valley Rescue Squad muster near the trail system to Cold Creek Falls, where a hiker needed to be rescued Sept. 2, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY RESCUE SQUAD)
COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island by local health service area, Aug. 8-14, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control image)

West far from the best when it comes to COVID-19 on Vancouver Island

Western health regions leading in infections per capita, lagging in full vaccinations

COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island by local health service area, Aug. 8-14, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control image)
Port Alberni RCMP are looking for a vehicle that damaged a rainbow crosswalk. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni RCMP look for truck that may have damaged city’s rainbow crosswalk

Crosswalk was painted in 2017 after fundraising campaign

Port Alberni RCMP are looking for a vehicle that damaged a rainbow crosswalk. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Tseshaht First Nation elected Chief Councillor Wahmeesh Ken Watts speaks at a July 1, 2021 gathering to honour the lost children whose remains are being discovered at the sites of former residential schools. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Alberni-area Tseshaht First Nation receives $1M for residential school research

Funding will locate and commemorate missing children from the Alberni Indian Residential School

Tseshaht First Nation elected Chief Councillor Wahmeesh Ken Watts speaks at a July 1, 2021 gathering to honour the lost children whose remains are being discovered at the sites of former residential schools. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
The BC SPCA is raising funds for Toki, an injured dog who was found abandoned outdoors in Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

SPCA raising funds for injured dog found abandoned in Port Alberni

Toki, a one-year-old Golden Retriever mix, was recently brought into the BC SPCA’s care

The BC SPCA is raising funds for Toki, an injured dog who was found abandoned outdoors in Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The BC SPCA is raising funds for Toki, an injured dog who was found abandoned outdoors in Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

SPCA raising funds for injured dog found abandoned in Port Alberni

Toki, a one-year-old Golden Retriever mix, was recently brought into the BC SPCA’s care

The BC SPCA is raising funds for Toki, an injured dog who was found abandoned outdoors in Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
A team member from Alberni Valley Rescue Squad pauses at the Mount 5040 summit after successfully rescuing an injured hiker, Aug. 8, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY RICHARD JOHNS, AVRS)

Volunteer searchers from Port Alberni rescue injured hiker on Island mountain

Helicopter called to evacuate hiker from 5040 Peak, southwest of city

A team member from Alberni Valley Rescue Squad pauses at the Mount 5040 summit after successfully rescuing an injured hiker, Aug. 8, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY RICHARD JOHNS, AVRS)
The North Island College campus in Port Alberni is located on Roger Street. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

North Island College connects with new students through orientation

Orientation will be both digital and in-person in 2021

The North Island College campus in Port Alberni is located on Roger Street. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Commercial gillnet fisher Ryan Daynes repairs his net from the Lily M. on one of the wharf fingers at Centennial Pier, Port Alberni, on June 24, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Commercial salmon fishers left high and dry over sudden DFO closures

Island MP calls on federal fisheries minister to provide financial relief

Commercial gillnet fisher Ryan Daynes repairs his net from the Lily M. on one of the wharf fingers at Centennial Pier, Port Alberni, on June 24, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
A firefighter with Port Alberni Fire Department mops up a fire in Dry Creek Park early Tuesday, July 13, 2021. It was the second fire crews attended in a few hours in Dry Creek. (PHOTO COURTESY PAFD)

Port Alberni man arrested for arson as RCMP investigate rash of wildfires

Charges ‘not necessarily’ connected to human-caused fires in forested areas

A firefighter with Port Alberni Fire Department mops up a fire in Dry Creek Park early Tuesday, July 13, 2021. It was the second fire crews attended in a few hours in Dry Creek. (PHOTO COURTESY PAFD)
A firefighter with Port Alberni Fire Department mops up a fire in Dry Creek Park early Tuesday, July 13, 2021. It was the second fire crews attended in a few hours in Dry Creek. (PHOTO COURTESY PAFD)

Port Alberni RCMP investigate rash of fires in Dry Creek Park

Port Alberni Fire Department says all the fires have been ‘human-caused’

A firefighter with Port Alberni Fire Department mops up a fire in Dry Creek Park early Tuesday, July 13, 2021. It was the second fire crews attended in a few hours in Dry Creek. (PHOTO COURTESY PAFD)
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$200K lotto ticket purchased in Port Alberni

The $27 million Lotto Max jackpot was not won

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