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A big screen has been installed by the Alberni Valley Bulldogs at Weyerhaeuser Arena in the Alberni Valley Multiplex. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs add new LED screen to Dawg Pound arsenal

Screen will enhance viewer experience with player stats, video, says club president

A big screen has been installed by the Alberni Valley Bulldogs at Weyerhaeuser Arena in the Alberni Valley Multiplex. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Members of Tseshaht First Nation perform a prayer song at Tsehaht Market for Amber Manthorne on Sunday, June 10. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Friends, family gather for strength as search for missing Port Alberni woman continues

RCMP, volunteer search and rescue squads continue to search for Amber Manthorne

Members of Tseshaht First Nation perform a prayer song at Tsehaht Market for Amber Manthorne on Sunday, June 10. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Port Alberni RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance to locate Amber Manthorne, who is missing from the Alberni Valley. Her vehicle was located Saturday, July 9 south of Nanaimo, but Manthorne is still missing (PHOTO COURTESY RCMP)

Port Alberni woman’s car found in Nanaimo, but woman is still missing

No one has heard from Amber Manthorne since July 6, say RCMP

Port Alberni RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance to locate Amber Manthorne, who is missing from the Alberni Valley. Her vehicle was located Saturday, July 9 south of Nanaimo, but Manthorne is still missing (PHOTO COURTESY RCMP)
A mother cat and her four kittens were abandoned outside of the SPCA overnight on July 5. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Anonymous person dumps kittens at Port Alberni SPCA, steals cans left for donation

Alberni-Clayoquot SPCA overrun with surrendered, rescued cats right now, say staff

A mother cat and her four kittens were abandoned outside of the SPCA overnight on July 5. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Visitors tour Coulson Aviation’s new 737 Fireliner at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport on July 4. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni’s Coulson Aviation unveils latest aerial firefighting tanker

Company debuts latest converted Boeing 737 FireLiner to family first before flying it to Idaho

Visitors tour Coulson Aviation’s new 737 Fireliner at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport on July 4. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Miss Frida (Nik Burton) leads the Alberni Elementary School Pride parade on Monday, May 30, 2022. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Drag queen promotes acceptance and inclusion at Vancouver Island schools

Drag is a healing journey for Port Alberni resident

Miss Frida (Nik Burton) leads the Alberni Elementary School Pride parade on Monday, May 30, 2022. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Canadian alternative rock band 54-40 will headline the Funtastic Music Festival and Okee-Dokee Slo-Pitch Tournament in Port Alberni for 2022. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

54-40 headlines Funtastic music fest in Port Alberni

Music festival and slo-pitch tournament takes place Canada Day weekend

Canadian alternative rock band 54-40 will headline the Funtastic Music Festival and Okee-Dokee Slo-Pitch Tournament in Port Alberni for 2022. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO)

Police watchdog clears RCMP in 2020 sudden death of Port Alberni woman

Woman died following a wellness check; no connection made between death and RCMP visit

The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO)
The Wolf Tower is officially unveiled at Harbour Quay. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Tseshaht First Nation’s wolf ritual returns to Port Alberni’s waterfront

Dawn to dusk celebration took place at Harbour Quay to mark National Indigenous Peoples Day

The Wolf Tower is officially unveiled at Harbour Quay. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Port Alberni city hall. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Alberni Valley voters could vote by mail in 2022 municipal election

Municipal election is scheduled for Oct. 15, 2022

Port Alberni city hall. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Danika Britton of Port Alberni competes in equestrian vaulting. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni sisters find success in equestrian sports

Sisters compete in equestrian vaulting, jumping

Danika Britton of Port Alberni competes in equestrian vaulting. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
An example of the pickets that will be installed at Cathedral Grove on Highway 4. (PHOTO COURTESY MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION)

Roadwork to begin at Cathedral Grove on Highway 4 to alleviate traffic issues

Drivers can expect traffic delays starting overnight June 19, weather permitting

An example of the pickets that will be installed at Cathedral Grove on Highway 4. (PHOTO COURTESY MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION)
Wacey Rabbit signs a new two-year contract with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. (PHOTO COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY BULLDOGS)

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs assistant coach extended for two more years

Wacey Rabbit joined the Bulldogs after retiring from a lengthy playing career

Wacey Rabbit signs a new two-year contract with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. (PHOTO COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY BULLDOGS)
A photo from Taylor Arm on Sproat Lake. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Name change pondered for Sproat Lake in spirit of reconciliation

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District agrees to engage with local First Nations

A photo from Taylor Arm on Sproat Lake. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
A burned out rail car that is part of the Alberni Pacific Railway’s equipment, sits on train tracks beside Enex Fuels on Harbour Road in Port Alberni, May 25, 2022. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Rail car fire, mysterious explosion keep Port Alberni fire crews busy

May long weekend was ‘relatively quiet’ for first responders in Port Alberni: Fire Chief Owens

A burned out rail car that is part of the Alberni Pacific Railway’s equipment, sits on train tracks beside Enex Fuels on Harbour Road in Port Alberni, May 25, 2022. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
An aerial photo of Port Alberni’s waterfront. (PHOTO COURTESY COASTAL RESTORATION SOCIETY)

Coastal Restoration Society chooses Port Alberni as Vancouver Island hub

Society calls area ideal for relations with First Nations and it’s central to Vancouver Island

An aerial photo of Port Alberni’s waterfront. (PHOTO COURTESY COASTAL RESTORATION SOCIETY)
Citaapi Mahtii Housing Society from Ahousaht First Nation will build a community housing project in Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Ahousaht First Nation proposes housing project in Port Alberni

Four-storey unit would be built on site of former youth centre

Citaapi Mahtii Housing Society from Ahousaht First Nation will build a community housing project in Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Autumn Shannon feeds a young calf at Shannon Farms. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Alberni Valley farmers diversify with agri-tourism

Short-term rentals and events supplement farming income

Autumn Shannon feeds a young calf at Shannon Farms. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Dontay’s father, Patrick Lucas, speaks with the media outside of the Port Alberni RCMP detachment on Monday, May 9. Lucas was accompanied by his sister and mother. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Mother, stepfather charged in death of 6-year-old Port Alberni boy

Rykel Frank and Mitchell Frank face 1st-degree murder charges in 2018 death of Dontay-Patrick Lucas

Dontay’s father, Patrick Lucas, speaks with the media outside of the Port Alberni RCMP detachment on Monday, May 9. Lucas was accompanied by his sister and mother. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Census data shows the age distribution in the Port Alberni census agglomeration area from 2001 to 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY STATISTICS CANADA)

Port Alberni’s population is aging, new census data shows

85 and older age group tops 700, following a nationwide trend

Census data shows the age distribution in the Port Alberni census agglomeration area from 2001 to 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY STATISTICS CANADA)