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Gord Johns speaks in support of Indian farmers during a rally at the Guru Nanak Sikh Society in Port Alberni. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni Sikh community shows support for farmers in India

Car parade departed from the Guru Nanak Sikh Society

Gord Johns speaks in support of Indian farmers during a rally at the Guru Nanak Sikh Society in Port Alberni. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
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Move to organics collection to raise garbage fees in Port Alberni

New collection service will extend the life of the Alberni Valley Landfill by approximately 35 years

(NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Todd Laplante cleans some of his beekeeping equipment at his Port Alberni home. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni beekeeper hopes to rebuild hives

GoFundMe started to cover the cost of building new colonies

Todd Laplante cleans some of his beekeeping equipment at his Port Alberni home. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The Vancouver Island Connector along with the Tofino Bus will not be resuming service this month and will remain suspended until further notice. Black Press file photo

Suspended bus service sparks concern across Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island Connector will not be resuming service this month

The Vancouver Island Connector along with the Tofino Bus will not be resuming service this month and will remain suspended until further notice. Black Press file photo
Alberni Valley Bulldogs players take part in a Zoom meeting with pro hockey player Wacey Rabbit. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs face COVID-19 challenges

Challenges of the pandemic are offering new opportunities for younger players

Alberni Valley Bulldogs players take part in a Zoom meeting with pro hockey player Wacey Rabbit. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
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Former Island First Nation chief councillor pleads guilty to theft, assault

Substance abuse cited in case of Hupacasath leader Steven Patrick Tatoosh

(AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Tim Preston and Scott McFarlane carry the buoy out to the migrant wreck. In the top right corner of the photo is the temporary buoy that previously marked the dive site. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Divers hope to make a lasting mark on the Alberni Inlet

New marker buoy acts as a beacon for divers and boaters alike marking scuttled immigrant ship

Tim Preston and Scott McFarlane carry the buoy out to the migrant wreck. In the top right corner of the photo is the temporary buoy that previously marked the dive site. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
A photo of the excavated area at McLean Mill at the end of the rail line, taken on Dec. 16, 2020. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

City of Port Alberni offers $10,000 for information about McLean Mill oil spill

Costs for the cleanup of the site have reached more than $1 million

A photo of the excavated area at McLean Mill at the end of the rail line, taken on Dec. 16, 2020. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Inspector Eric Rochette is the new officer in charge of the Port Alberni RCMP. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni RCMP sees drop in property crime in late 2020

Clamp-down on prolific offenders seen as one reason

Inspector Eric Rochette is the new officer in charge of the Port Alberni RCMP. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
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City of Port Alberni, ACRD prepare for compost collection in 2021

Roadside pickup is expected to begin in the City of Port Alberni in June 2021

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The site of the former Arrowview Hotel, on Second Avenue and Athol Street, as of Jan. 14, 2020. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni pressures Arrowview Hotel owner for final cleanup

Demolition finished in June 2020 but site still full of construction material

The site of the former Arrowview Hotel, on Second Avenue and Athol Street, as of Jan. 14, 2020. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
From left to right: Geena Haiyupis, Deborah Potter and Moira Barney stand beside the canoe. It will be painted by ADSS students in the new year. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Alberni high school students paddling forward together

Canoe artwork will hang above the school’s breakfast room

From left to right: Geena Haiyupis, Deborah Potter and Moira Barney stand beside the canoe. It will be painted by ADSS students in the new year. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
A Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation guardian took this photo of dozens of vehicles parked along a forest service road in the Kennedy watershed. (Submitted photo)

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District looks at enforcement of illegal camping

ACRD currently does not have an existing bylaw service to tackle the issue

A Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation guardian took this photo of dozens of vehicles parked along a forest service road in the Kennedy watershed. (Submitted photo)
A picture of the spill area on Oct. 30, 2020. (SCREENSHOT)

No environmental risk from oil spill at McLean Mill, says consultant

Terrawest Environmental concludes ‘end of spill’ report at national historic site

A picture of the spill area on Oct. 30, 2020. (SCREENSHOT)
Randy Brown, owner of Wintergreen Apartments on Fourth Avenue, has five trailers and a motorhome at the back of his property that he is renting to people who had been previously homeless. He wants to put 15 trailers on his property, hooked up to city sewer and water and BC Hydro. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Alberni building owner digs in, refuses to remove illegal trailers

Port Alberni council gives owner two-week reprieve on remediation orders

Randy Brown, owner of Wintergreen Apartments on Fourth Avenue, has five trailers and a motorhome at the back of his property that he is renting to people who had been previously homeless. He wants to put 15 trailers on his property, hooked up to city sewer and water and BC Hydro. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
The Blue Marlin Inn in Port Alberni sustained “significant” damage after a truck crashed into it on Dec. 28. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni hotel facing $100K in damages after hit and run

Blue Marlin forced to close hotel after crash wrecks main entrance

The Blue Marlin Inn in Port Alberni sustained “significant” damage after a truck crashed into it on Dec. 28. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Santa joined members of the Rotary Club of Port Alberni to raise funds for the Salvation Army kettle campaign in December. (PHOTO COURTESY ROTARY CLUB OF PORT ALBERNI)

2020 a record year for Salvation Army kettles in Port Alberni

Donations surpassed $100K in tough year for community

Santa joined members of the Rotary Club of Port Alberni to raise funds for the Salvation Army kettle campaign in December. (PHOTO COURTESY ROTARY CLUB OF PORT ALBERNI)
A former tattoo shop on Third Avenue is boarded up after the Port Alberni Fire Department ordered the building to be vacated due to unsafe conditions. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Unofficial ‘shelter’ shut down in Port Alberni commercial district

Fire department deemed building was unsafe

A former tattoo shop on Third Avenue is boarded up after the Port Alberni Fire Department ordered the building to be vacated due to unsafe conditions. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
A Totem basketball wears an ADSS non-medical mask. The 66th annual Totem tournament is the latest casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic. (PHOTO COURTESY ADSS)

Historic B.C. basketball tournament cancelled for first time in 66 years

Alberni District Secondary’s Totem tournament is longest-running high school hoops event

A Totem basketball wears an ADSS non-medical mask. The 66th annual Totem tournament is the latest casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic. (PHOTO COURTESY ADSS)
A Thunderbird carving by Andrew Mack commemorates Kuu-us Crisis Service’s 25th anniversary. It sits on a pedestal on the Kuu-us grounds at the corner of Johnston Road and Adelaide. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Port Alberni crisis line sees spike in calls during COVID-19

Kuu-us Crisis Line Society provides support

A Thunderbird carving by Andrew Mack commemorates Kuu-us Crisis Service’s 25th anniversary. It sits on a pedestal on the Kuu-us grounds at the corner of Johnston Road and Adelaide. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO