Elena Rardon

Murray Rankin, Josie Osborne and Gord Johns join Huu-ay-aht First Nations in paddling the canoe after a funding announcement for Oomiqsu on Tuesday, Nov. 8. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Oomiiqsu to provide safe haven in Alberni for moms and kids leaving violence or abuse

Huu-ay-aht First Nations celebrates the opening of new Mother’s Centre

Murray Rankin, Josie Osborne and Gord Johns join Huu-ay-aht First Nations in paddling the canoe after a funding announcement for Oomiqsu on Tuesday, Nov. 8. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Representatives from Tseshaht Market and Alberni District Co-op stand beside one of the newly-installed gas pumps during a grand opening celebration on Saturday, Oct. 29. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Tseshaht Market partners with Co-op for fuel

Tseshaht Market celebrated the grand opening of its Western Nations fuel pumps

Representatives from Tseshaht Market and Alberni District Co-op stand beside one of the newly-installed gas pumps during a grand opening celebration on Saturday, Oct. 29. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Kelly McGiffin, left, Dwayne Stern, batboy Jackson and Kirk McGiffin are reviving the Port Alberni Cubs—this time as an over-55 baseball team. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni plans to host national seniors baseball championship

City plans improvements for its baseball diamonds in preparation for the event

Kelly McGiffin, left, Dwayne Stern, batboy Jackson and Kirk McGiffin are reviving the Port Alberni Cubs—this time as an over-55 baseball team. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
The remains of the old Somass Sawmill still stand within sight of Port Alberni’s waterfront, where city council is finetuning its vision for the area. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

City of Port Alberni begins reclamation of derelict Somass lands

City still searching for development partner vacant waterfront industrial property

The remains of the old Somass Sawmill still stand within sight of Port Alberni’s waterfront, where city council is finetuning its vision for the area. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Larry Spencer, right, has been involved in the logging industry for 45 years. He attended a rally Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 in Port Alberni backing loggers and their stance against the B.C. government’s recent two-year deferral of old-growth logging. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

New B.C. council aims to build resiliency in forestry communities

Council will include voices of forestry workers

Larry Spencer, right, has been involved in the logging industry for 45 years. He attended a rally Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 in Port Alberni backing loggers and their stance against the B.C. government’s recent two-year deferral of old-growth logging. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Barbara Bourget is a dancer and the co-founder of Kokoro Dance. (PHOTO COURTESY CHRIS RANDLE)

Island butoh dancer inducted into Canadian dance hall of fame

Barbara Bourget was born in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island

Barbara Bourget is a dancer and the co-founder of Kokoro Dance. (PHOTO COURTESY CHRIS RANDLE)
Port Alberni’s Richard Spencer (front) takes off from the starting line at Rumble on the Runway in Port McNeill on July 17, 2022. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Island drag racers looking to establish new permanent track in Port Alberni

Alberni drag racing association working with other associations on Vancouver Island

Port Alberni’s Richard Spencer (front) takes off from the starting line at Rumble on the Runway in Port McNeill on July 17, 2022. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Port Alberni’s RCMP station on Morton Street. GOOGLE EARTH PHOTO

Port Alberni RCMP, community partners tackle youth violence

Eighth Avenue Learning Centre aims to offer ‘meaningful’ experiences for students

Port Alberni’s RCMP station on Morton Street. GOOGLE EARTH PHOTO
Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions prepares to deliver her first annual address on Dec. 2, 2019 in Port Alberni City Council chambers. (SUSAN QUINN/Alberni Valley News)

Incumbent Sharie Minions re-elected as mayor of Port Alberni

Preliminary results show Minions garnered more votes than fellow candidate Tom Verbrugge

Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions prepares to deliver her first annual address on Dec. 2, 2019 in Port Alberni City Council chambers. (SUSAN QUINN/Alberni Valley News)
Trevor Michalchuk and Lily Eggert outside of VIUs state-of-the-art Mass Specmobile designed to measure air quality and greenhouse gases. (PHOTO COURTESY DR. NICK DAVEY, VIU)
Trevor Michalchuk and Lily Eggert outside of VIUs state-of-the-art Mass Specmobile designed to measure air quality and greenhouse gases. (PHOTO COURTESY DR. NICK DAVEY, VIU)
Fire crews with Port Alberni and Cherry Creek put out a fire at an RV park on Timberlane Road in Port Alberni. (PHOTO COURTESY JERRY FEVENS)

RV park fire extinguished by Alberni Valley fire crews

Trailers were unoccupied at the time of the fire

Fire crews with Port Alberni and Cherry Creek put out a fire at an RV park on Timberlane Road in Port Alberni. (PHOTO COURTESY JERRY FEVENS)
Firefighters attend the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial Ceremony in Ottawa. (PHOTO COURTESY PA FIRE DEPARTMENT)

Trio of Alberni Valley firefighters who died of job-related causes honoured in Ottawa

Canadian Firefighters Memorial took place on Sept. 11, 2022

Firefighters attend the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial Ceremony in Ottawa. (PHOTO COURTESY PA FIRE DEPARTMENT)
The Port Alberni Black Sheep take down a player from the Castaway Wanderers during BC Rugby action on Saturday, Sept. 17. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The Port Alberni Black Sheep take down a player from the Castaway Wanderers during BC Rugby action on Saturday, Sept. 17. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Royce Gracie helps young martial artists practice a move during a workshop at Dragon Martial Arts Academy in Port Alberni on Aug. 21, 2022. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni martial arts academy has a visit from UFC hall of famer

Royce Gracie was in town for his two-day self-defence seminar

Royce Gracie helps young martial artists practice a move during a workshop at Dragon Martial Arts Academy in Port Alberni on Aug. 21, 2022. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
A wildfire burns near Great Central Lake in Port Alberni. (PHOTO COURTESY BC WILDFIRE)

Wildfire burns near Great Central Lake in Port Alberni

Fire is currently 6.4 hectares in size

A wildfire burns near Great Central Lake in Port Alberni. (PHOTO COURTESY BC WILDFIRE)
The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District office is located in Port Alberni. NEWS FILE PHOTO

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District board votes for 15 percent raise

Wage increase will come into effect after 2022 election

The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District office is located in Port Alberni. NEWS FILE PHOTO
Jordan Smith get some air during men’s wakeboarding at the Wake Provincials at Sproat Lake on Saturday, Aug. 13. (ELENA RARDON / Alberni Valley News)

B.C. wakeboarding provincials ride over Sproat Lake

The Alberni Valley played host to the 2022 wakeboard and wakeskate provincials

Jordan Smith get some air during men’s wakeboarding at the Wake Provincials at Sproat Lake on Saturday, Aug. 13. (ELENA RARDON / Alberni Valley News)
Representatives from the HMCS Ottawa do some volunteer work at the Redford Street Corner in Port Alberni. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Naval crews do some volunteer work in Port Alberni

HMCS Ottawa was docked in Port Alberni all weekend

Representatives from the HMCS Ottawa do some volunteer work at the Redford Street Corner in Port Alberni. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The Island Corridor Foundation wants to restore train service to Vancouver Island. (Scott Stanfield photo)

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District board supports return of rail

Island Corridor Foundation wants to see rail service resurrected on Vancouver Island

The Island Corridor Foundation wants to restore train service to Vancouver Island. (Scott Stanfield photo)
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)