Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District

Poppy the puppy sits in the Alberni-Clayoquot SPCA branch in Port Alberni after being left outdoors overnight at the centre. (BC SPCA PHOTO)

Puppy dumped in planter box at Port Alberni branch of BC SPCA

Three-month-old ‘Poppy’ is recovering from mange, infections with foster family

 

The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District office is located in Port Alberni. NEWS FILE PHOTO

Regional district asks court to overturn election results in rural Alberni Valley area

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District submits bid to Supreme Court to have 2022 results deemed invalid

 

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

 

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 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
Ben Jeffery of the Sproat Lake Watersports Association gets some air during competition at the BC Summer Games in Prince George. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

B.C. wakeboard, wakeskate championships return to Vancouver Island

Wakesurf competition happening on Sproat Lake near Port Alberni Aug. 12-14

Ben Jeffery of the Sproat Lake Watersports Association gets some air during competition at the BC Summer Games in Prince George. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Generosity rained down on the Coastal Animal Rescue and Education Network as an emergency water supply came together after fears the water supply to CARE’s animal shelter was about to be cut off. (CARE photo)

Support pours in as Tofino-Ucluelet animal shelter faces water crisis

“It was an unbelievable answer to the call to action”

Generosity rained down on the Coastal Animal Rescue and Education Network as an emergency water supply came together after fears the water supply to CARE’s animal shelter was about to be cut off. (CARE photo)
Two outbuildings are all that remain of the former ADSS forestry classroom building at what is now Mossy Stumps Tree Farm on Airport Road near Port Alberni. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Fire destroys building at Port Alberni Christmas tree farm

Building used to house ADSS forestry school before new owners bought Airport Road property

Two outbuildings are all that remain of the former ADSS forestry classroom building at what is now Mossy Stumps Tree Farm on Airport Road near Port Alberni. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
A search and rescue technician (SARTech) from 442 Squadron at 19 Wing Comox, right, helps an Arrowsmith SAR member secure an injured hiker for a medical evacuation on a logging road near Sarita Falls on May 22, 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY AVRS)

Hiker airlifted from Sarita Falls after nine-metre fall

AVRS, Arrowsmith SAR and 442 Sqn. worked together to rescue injured man

A search and rescue technician (SARTech) from 442 Squadron at 19 Wing Comox, right, helps an Arrowsmith SAR member secure an injured hiker for a medical evacuation on a logging road near Sarita Falls on May 22, 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY AVRS)
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)
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)
Ucluelet First Nation President Chuck McCarthy and Legislative Member Alan McCarthy speak to the ACRD board on April 13, 2022. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Groundbreaking Vancouver Island First Nations celebrate 10 years of having a voice

Alberni-Clayoquot was B.C.’s first regional district to welcome Indigenous members

Ucluelet First Nation President Chuck McCarthy and Legislative Member Alan McCarthy speak to the ACRD board on April 13, 2022. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The Sproat Lake Regatta is returning in 2022 after a two-year absence. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Sproat Lake Regatta returns to Vancouver Island lake after two-year COVID-19 break

Formula 1 racers return to Island waters for first time since 2015

The Sproat Lake Regatta is returning in 2022 after a two-year absence. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Captain Michael Ramsay, left, Colin Minions and Delano Lake from Salvation Army, and Shawn McAnerin, operations manager for Kuu-us Crisis Line Society, test the water systems in a new mobile shower unit that will provide a place for people without homes to shower. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Mobile showers hit the road in Port Alberni to give the unhoused a place to clean up

Mobile showers are on loan from the Salvation Army ARC in Victoria

Captain Michael Ramsay, left, Colin Minions and Delano Lake from Salvation Army, and Shawn McAnerin, operations manager for Kuu-us Crisis Line Society, test the water systems in a new mobile shower unit that will provide a place for people without homes to shower. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District’s Emergency Operations Centre is working with service providers on an evacuation plan for the region’s vulnerable population in the event of an emergency. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Plans in place to help vulnerable people during emergencies in Port Alberni

Port Alberni service providers join efforts in event of tsunami

The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District’s Emergency Operations Centre is working with service providers on an evacuation plan for the region’s vulnerable population in the event of an emergency. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Jacqueline Windh and David Gilbert in June 2019 teamed up with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the Spanish Embassy and some Nuu-chah-nulth partners to undertake an historical expedition of Vancouver’s northwest coast. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Vancouver Island scientist gets national honour for coastal exploration

Royal Canadian Geographical Society honours Jacqueline Windh with medal

Jacqueline Windh and David Gilbert in June 2019 teamed up with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the Spanish Embassy and some Nuu-chah-nulth partners to undertake an historical expedition of Vancouver’s northwest coast. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Fire crews attempt to extinguish a cabin fire on Beaver Creek Road. (SCREENSHOT COURTESY PA FIRE DEPARTMENT)

One person taken to hospital after cabin fire near Port Alberni

All four Alberni Valley fire departments responded to Beaver Creek blaze

Fire crews attempt to extinguish a cabin fire on Beaver Creek Road. (SCREENSHOT COURTESY PA FIRE DEPARTMENT)
Water courses along Third Avenue in front of Smitty’s Restaurant on Nov. 15, 2006, after a heavy storm coupled with a king tide caused Dry Creek to overflow its banks. It was the worst flood in the area since the 1964 tsunami, according to residents. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Port Alberni avoids flooding…this time

City, regional district, First Nations prepared for next flooding event

Water courses along Third Avenue in front of Smitty’s Restaurant on Nov. 15, 2006, after a heavy storm coupled with a king tide caused Dry Creek to overflow its banks. It was the worst flood in the area since the 1964 tsunami, according to residents. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Laura Snoek of Ziggy’s Rescue in Beaver Creek gets puppy snuggles from one of nine puppies that arrived in late October from Saskatchewan. Snoek has been fostering or rescuing dogs for two decades. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Ziggy’s Rescue in Port Alberni gives refuge for dogs

Animal rescue is hard, heartbreaking work

Laura Snoek of Ziggy’s Rescue in Beaver Creek gets puppy snuggles from one of nine puppies that arrived in late October from Saskatchewan. Snoek has been fostering or rescuing dogs for two decades. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Officials from Huu-ay-aht First Nations, Mosaic Forest Management, Tseshaht First Nation join Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns and Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Josie Osborne for the official groundbreaking for the Bamfield Main Road resurfacing project, Oct. 18, 2021 at Blenheim Pit. (PHOTO COURTESY HUU-AY-AHT FIRST NATIONS)

$31M Bamfield Road project breaks new ground for First Nation, Province of B.C.

Huu-ay-aht First Nations the first Indigenous community to lead major infrastructure project

  • Oct 25, 2021
Officials from Huu-ay-aht First Nations, Mosaic Forest Management, Tseshaht First Nation join Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns and Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Josie Osborne for the official groundbreaking for the Bamfield Main Road resurfacing project, Oct. 18, 2021 at Blenheim Pit. (PHOTO COURTESY HUU-AY-AHT FIRST NATIONS)