Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District

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”

 

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

 

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 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)
BC Transit service is expected to arrive in Tofino-Ucluelet next year. (Black Press Media file photo)

BC Transit expected to launch Tofino-Ucluelet service in 2022

ACRD denies request from Salmon Beach to be removed from transit tax

BC Transit service is expected to arrive in Tofino-Ucluelet next year. (Black Press Media file photo)
A bus from Diversified Transportation Ltd. in Port Alberni makes a regular run on Johnston Road, Oct. 8, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/. Alberni Valley News)

Trio of Port Alberni transit bus drivers test positive for COVID-19

‘low risk of transmission’ among staff, customers, says BC Transit

A bus from Diversified Transportation Ltd. in Port Alberni makes a regular run on Johnston Road, Oct. 8, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/. Alberni Valley News)
A commercial kitchen at The Dock+ will be available for community use. (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the AV News)

New Dock+ food hub fuels Vancouver Island appetites and innovation in Port Alberni

The new food hub formally opened with a showcase of vendors

  • Oct 5, 2021
A commercial kitchen at The Dock+ will be available for community use. (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the AV News)
Cases of COVID-19 are creeping up in the Alberni-Clayoquot health region, mainly from close contact in households and social events, says Island Health (GRAPHIC COURTESY BCCDC.CA)

Alberni-Clayoquot becoming COVID-19 hotspot on Vancouver Island

Cluster of cases at elementary school the latest for Island school districts

Cases of COVID-19 are creeping up in the Alberni-Clayoquot health region, mainly from close contact in households and social events, says Island Health (GRAPHIC COURTESY BCCDC.CA)
The MV Frances Barkley can be seen in the harbour in Bamfield in this undated photo. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

New owners rescue Lady Rose Marine Services

Marine passenger and cargo service will continue between Port Alberni, Bamfield

The MV Frances Barkley can be seen in the harbour in Bamfield in this undated photo. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The MV Frances Barkley returns to Port Alberni from Bamfield on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. The ship’s owners announced the final sailing for the company will be on Aug. 31, 2021. All sailings are fully booked. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

ACRD gathers stakeholders to talk future of Lady Rose Marine Services

Bamfield residents concerned that passenger, cargo service will cease operation

The MV Frances Barkley returns to Port Alberni from Bamfield on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. The ship’s owners announced the final sailing for the company will be on Aug. 31, 2021. All sailings are fully booked. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)