Nora O'Malley

MP Fin Donnelly proposed a bill to get open-net fish farms, like the one pictured above located in Clayoquot Sound, out of the ocean and onto land. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Fisheries critic MP Fin Donnelly calls for land-based fish farms

“I think that’s the way forward. Get these farms out of the ocean.”

MP Fin Donnelly proposed a bill to get open-net fish farms, like the one pictured above located in Clayoquot Sound, out of the ocean and onto land. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Aeriosa’s artist director Julia Taffe, left, forms a heart shape with James Koshiba from Hawaii. The aerial dance company hosted a three-day tree dancing workshop around North Chesterman Beach in Tofino. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

VIDEO: Tree dancing in a Vancouver Island Sitka spruce

Aeriosa Vertical Dance soars with nature.

Aeriosa’s artist director Julia Taffe, left, forms a heart shape with James Koshiba from Hawaii. The aerial dance company hosted a three-day tree dancing workshop around North Chesterman Beach in Tofino. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
This conceptual rendering of the proposed at-shore LNG export facility at Sarita Bay was presented at information sessions in Ucluelet, Port Alberni, and Bamfield. (Photo Courtesy of Steelhead LNG)

LNG export facility plans push on in Barkley Sound

Kwispaa LNG co-managers host info. sessions in Ucluelet, Port Alberni, and Bamfield.

This conceptual rendering of the proposed at-shore LNG export facility at Sarita Bay was presented at information sessions in Ucluelet, Port Alberni, and Bamfield. (Photo Courtesy of Steelhead LNG)
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve staff Jenny Touchie is experiencing devastating financial and personal hardship as a result of the federal government’s failed Phoenix pay system. She has not been paid correctly since the system was implemented over two years ago. (Westerly File Photo)

Phoenix pay nightmare continues

Ucluelet woman out more than $30,000 and counting

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve staff Jenny Touchie is experiencing devastating financial and personal hardship as a result of the federal government’s failed Phoenix pay system. She has not been paid correctly since the system was implemented over two years ago. (Westerly File Photo)
Douglas Ludwig Photo                                Edge to Edge half-marathon runners sprint down the opening stretch of the course on a balmy Sunday morning. The Father’s Day race event saw record high temperatures with Ucluelet cracking 30C by mid-day.

Ucluelet’s Edge to Edge runners charge first heat wave of summer

Race director challenges Bear Mountains’ claim as ‘Canada’s Hardest 10k’

Douglas Ludwig Photo                                Edge to Edge half-marathon runners sprint down the opening stretch of the course on a balmy Sunday morning. The Father’s Day race event saw record high temperatures with Ucluelet cracking 30C by mid-day.
14-year-old Reed Platenius gets carried off the beach and onto the podium after winning back-to-back events at the 12th annual Rip Curl Pro Tofino at Cox Bay. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Fourteen-year-old surfer wins men’s surfing title in Tofino

Local lad shakes off the fog to win Rip Curl Pro title

14-year-old Reed Platenius gets carried off the beach and onto the podium after winning back-to-back events at the 12th annual Rip Curl Pro Tofino at Cox Bay. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Peter Devries celebrates his eighth National title on Saturday, May 5 at Wickaninnish Beach. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

National surf champs crowned at Wickaninnish Beach

Division winners earn spot on Team Canada

Peter Devries celebrates his eighth National title on Saturday, May 5 at Wickaninnish Beach. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Small West Coast community rallies against drugs and alcohol

Citizens of Hitacu near Ucluelet vow to make community safe again

Orca Airways turns Tofino run over to Pacific Coastal Airlines

Orca Airways turns Tofino run over to Pacific Coastal Airlines

Move part of the fallout over 13-year-old Orca merging with Integra Air

Orca Airways turns Tofino run over to Pacific Coastal Airlines
Could Vancouver Island be the site of a future LNG export facility?

Could Vancouver Island be the site of a future LNG export facility?

Vancouver-based Steelhead LNG and the Huu-ay-aht First Nation provided an update on the $10 billion development

Could Vancouver Island be the site of a future LNG export facility?
CARE Network volunteers organized an emergency parvovirus vaccination clinic a couple weeks ago once an outbreak was discovered in Tla-o-qui-aht communities. (CARE Network Photo)

Dozens of local dogs vaccinated for parvovirus near Tofino

Parks Canada are monitoring local wolf population for change in activity patterns.

CARE Network volunteers organized an emergency parvovirus vaccination clinic a couple weeks ago once an outbreak was discovered in Tla-o-qui-aht communities. (CARE Network Photo)
Twelve Canadian Surf Champs were honoured at Cox Bay Beach last year in conjunction with the Rip Curl Pro Tofino. (Westerly File Photo)

Park Reserve to host national surfing showdown

Surf Canada Nationals scheduled for May 4-7 at Wick Beach.

Twelve Canadian Surf Champs were honoured at Cox Bay Beach last year in conjunction with the Rip Curl Pro Tofino. (Westerly File Photo)
Mike Dickie with his granddaughter Samantha Louise Thomas who died of a fentanyl overdose on Jan. 13, 2018. (Photo provided by Mike Dickie)

Vancouver woman, 26, dies after consuming pill cut with cocaine and fentanyl

Grandfather says anyone who takes recreational drugs is playing Russian roulette.

Mike Dickie with his granddaughter Samantha Louise Thomas who died of a fentanyl overdose on Jan. 13, 2018. (Photo provided by Mike Dickie)
Tsunami warning a wake up call for Tofino resorts

Tsunami warning a wake up call for Tofino resorts

Managers look into getting emergency kits for guests and posting tsunami evacuation routes in rooms.

Tsunami warning a wake up call for Tofino resorts
Brigitte Rudan and her toddler, Alexander, caught the monster wave storm from a safe viewing area established on the Wild Pacific Trail. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Tofino and Ucluelet wowed by biggest waves in a decade

“Even in pictures you show the kids and that, unless you’re witnessing it live, it’s like no other.”

Brigitte Rudan and her toddler, Alexander, caught the monster wave storm from a safe viewing area established on the Wild Pacific Trail. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Mathea Olin, 14, stands at Cox Bay beach with the medals she won at the Pan American Games in Peru at the beginning of December. Olin won a bronze in the women’s shortboard and gold in the longboard. Her medals are the first surf medals for Canada in international competition. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Historic win for young Tofino surfer

“I hope this medal is the first of many.”

Mathea Olin, 14, stands at Cox Bay beach with the medals she won at the Pan American Games in Peru at the beginning of December. Olin won a bronze in the women’s shortboard and gold in the longboard. Her medals are the first surf medals for Canada in international competition. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)