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Ancient Forest Alliance campaigner Andrea Inness walks beside an enormous western red cedar stump in a BCTS-issued cutblock in the Nahmint Valley. (PHOTO COURTESY TJ WATT)

B.C. forestry watchdog finds lack of compliance in Nahmint logging

Forest Practices Board says old growth and biodiversity near Port Alberni are at risk

Ancient Forest Alliance campaigner Andrea Inness walks beside an enormous western red cedar stump in a BCTS-issued cutblock in the Nahmint Valley. (PHOTO COURTESY TJ WATT)
Love A’fair explores the world of farmers’ markets and craft markets on Vancouver Island. (SCREENSHOT FROM LOVE A’FAIR TRAILER)
Love A’fair explores the world of farmers’ markets and craft markets on Vancouver Island. (SCREENSHOT FROM LOVE A’FAIR TRAILER)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward comes away with the puck after a battle along the boards with Grizzlies defenceman Jake Veilleux. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

BCHL: Victoria Grizzlies named Island Champions

Grizzlies edged Alberni Valley Bulldogs in back-to-back matches to claim title

Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward comes away with the puck after a battle along the boards with Grizzlies defenceman Jake Veilleux. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
A Salish Sea Industrial crane operator removes a derelict sailboat off the shores of Cadboro Bay on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Island landfills make deal to accept coastal clean-up material

Alberni Valley, west coast landfills will generate thousands in revenue with pilot project

A Salish Sea Industrial crane operator removes a derelict sailboat off the shores of Cadboro Bay on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Clippers defenceman Jack O’Brien pokes the puck away from Bulldogs forward Brandon Buhr during a game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on April 28, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldog run snapped by Cowichan

Port Alberni still holding onto second place in Island Pod

Clippers defenceman Jack O’Brien pokes the puck away from Bulldogs forward Brandon Buhr during a game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on April 28, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Bella Hall of Port Alberni winds up to throw the hammer during a practice session at Bob Dailey Stadium in Port Alberni. (PHOTO COURTESY DARREN WILLIS)

Port Alberni to host Olympic-level hammer throw competition

Port Alberni’s Bella Hall competing

Bella Hall of Port Alberni winds up to throw the hammer during a practice session at Bob Dailey Stadium in Port Alberni. (PHOTO COURTESY DARREN WILLIS)
Clippers defenceman Jack O’Brien pokes the puck away from Bulldogs forward Brandon Buhr during a game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on April 28, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs fall to Clippers in overtime

Port Alberni still holding onto second place in Island Pod

Clippers defenceman Jack O’Brien pokes the puck away from Bulldogs forward Brandon Buhr during a game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on April 28, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
A family crosses the highway at Cathedral Grove. (BLACK PRESS file photo)

Cathedral Grove parking, paving at bottom of the ‘Hump’ coming soon for Highway 4

Province pauses plans to blast Angel Rock near Cameron Lake

A family crosses the highway at Cathedral Grove. (BLACK PRESS file photo)
A group of volunteers clears scotch broom outside of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre. This picture was taken in 2018, prior to COVID-19. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Broombusting season arrives across Vancouver Island

Invasive Scotch broom has spread rapidly and densely but volunteers are fighting back

A group of volunteers clears scotch broom outside of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre. This picture was taken in 2018, prior to COVID-19. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Crews from Bowerman Excavating Ltd. continue replacement of a fish ladder and renovation of the McLean Mill dam on April 16, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Work on Port Alberni’s McLean Mill dam continues, despite botched tender process

Mill project progressing ‘on budget’ says special projects coordinator

Crews from Bowerman Excavating Ltd. continue replacement of a fish ladder and renovation of the McLean Mill dam on April 16, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Clippers goaltender Ethan Neitsch keeps an eye on the puck during a scramble at the net. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs bounce back with a weekend win against Clippers

Alberni Valley team is still holding onto second place in the Island Division standings

Clippers goaltender Ethan Neitsch keeps an eye on the puck during a scramble at the net. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Dave Cusson, Community Policing Manager with the City of Port Alberni, offers some tips for pedestrian safety in a Community Policing video. (SCREENSHOT)

Port Alberni on its way to a dubious pedestrian safety record

Pedestrian crashes a growing concern in Port Alberni as city looks at prevention

Dave Cusson, Community Policing Manager with the City of Port Alberni, offers some tips for pedestrian safety in a Community Policing video. (SCREENSHOT)
A Viking Air Twin Otter takes off midway down the runway at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport on Jan. 13, 2021 during a series of training flights. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

New plan recognizes industrial strengths of Alberni Valley airport

Strategic plan identifies AVRA as Vancouver Island’s premier industrial airport

A Viking Air Twin Otter takes off midway down the runway at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport on Jan. 13, 2021 during a series of training flights. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs defenceman Braden Blace—originally from the Cowichan Valley—fires a shot past Cowichan Valley Capitals forward Sean Ramsay. The shot ended up becoming Blace’s first BCHL goal. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs pick up second shutout against Cowichan

Braden Blace earns first BCHL goal and game-winner

Alberni Valley Bulldogs defenceman Braden Blace—originally from the Cowichan Valley—fires a shot past Cowichan Valley Capitals forward Sean Ramsay. The shot ended up becoming Blace’s first BCHL goal. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Wounded Warriors runners depart from the Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department hall on Hwy. 4 during a charity run on April 17. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni’s Wounded Warriors stage solo run

Vancouver Island-wide event was cancelled, but Maria Marciano and Dave Nesbitt ran anyway

Wounded Warriors runners depart from the Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department hall on Hwy. 4 during a charity run on April 17. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Winston Joseph, with his grandchildren, holds a copy of the letter he wrote to Terry Fox in 1980, which was included in a 2017 exhibit at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria. [photo submitted]

Port Alberni remembers Winston Joseph with Canada Day parade in April

‘Mr. Positive Port Alberni’ started Canada Day folk fest, lived a life of service and faith

Winston Joseph, with his grandchildren, holds a copy of the letter he wrote to Terry Fox in 1980, which was included in a 2017 exhibit at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria. [photo submitted]
A trailer with fire damage is taped off by the Port Alberni Fire Department at the Wintergreen Apartments on Fourth Avenue. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Fire knocked down at controversial Port Alberni property

City is concerned about zoning, building code and fire code infractions surrounding the trailers

A trailer with fire damage is taped off by the Port Alberni Fire Department at the Wintergreen Apartments on Fourth Avenue. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs defenceman Emanuelson Charbonneau fires a shot on the Cowichan goal. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs pick up overtime win against Cowichan

For the second night in a row, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs came back from behind

Alberni Valley Bulldogs defenceman Emanuelson Charbonneau fires a shot on the Cowichan goal. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
New lacrosse players practiced shooting drills during a “Try It” session at the Glenwood Centre on Thursday, March 18. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Young Vancouver Island athletes giving lacrosse a try

Alberni Valley Minor Lacrosse Association introduced new players to Canada’s sport

New lacrosse players practiced shooting drills during a “Try It” session at the Glenwood Centre on Thursday, March 18. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Port Alberni mayor Sharie Minions listens as San Group owner Kamal Sanghera explains the chop line inside one of the buildings at San’s remanufacturing plant on Stamp Avenue in Port Alberni. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni unmoved by plea to reduce tax rate for light industry

San Group says 2021 increase ‘unfair’ penalty to company that is investing in the city

Port Alberni mayor Sharie Minions listens as San Group owner Kamal Sanghera explains the chop line inside one of the buildings at San’s remanufacturing plant on Stamp Avenue in Port Alberni. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)