Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District

Helen Poon, 2020 BC Liberal candidate, Mid Island Pacific Rim. (FILE PHOTO)
Helen Poon, 2020 BC Liberal candidate, Mid Island Pacific Rim. (FILE PHOTO)
The Barkley Sentinel, a 73-foot Ocean Class Oil Spill Response Vessel, motors past Centennial Pier in the Alberni Harbour on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. It will be one of several vessels moored at the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation’s base in Port Alberni, B.C. (PHOTO COURTESY PA PORT AUTHORITY)

Alberni spill response base to conduct exercise at fuel dock Oct. 15

Fuel dock will remain open for business during West Coast Marine Response Corporation’s drill

The Barkley Sentinel, a 73-foot Ocean Class Oil Spill Response Vessel, motors past Centennial Pier in the Alberni Harbour on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. It will be one of several vessels moored at the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation’s base in Port Alberni, B.C. (PHOTO COURTESY PA PORT AUTHORITY)
The late Soup Campbell, pictured in 2012 with his distinctive red crane truck, was often seen around Port Alberni helping to move heavy equipment. The new owners of his crane truck participated in a memorial cruise for Campbell on Sept. 6, 2020. (ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Soup Campbell leaves behind a legacy in Port Alberni

A small parade of vintage trucks and Model A Fords took to the streets on Sept. 5

The late Soup Campbell, pictured in 2012 with his distinctive red crane truck, was often seen around Port Alberni helping to move heavy equipment. The new owners of his crane truck participated in a memorial cruise for Campbell on Sept. 6, 2020. (ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Huu-ay-aht First Nations Chief Councillor Robert Dennis Sr., left, joins Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation on the steps of the B.C. Legislature for an announcement about the safety of Bamfield Road, Sept. 11, 2020. (BC GOVERNMENT PHOTO)

EDITORIAL: It’s time to move on Bamfield Road project

Residents are tired of their pleas being ignored, like they have been for the past two decades

  • Sep 27, 2020
Huu-ay-aht First Nations Chief Councillor Robert Dennis Sr., left, joins Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation on the steps of the B.C. Legislature for an announcement about the safety of Bamfield Road, Sept. 11, 2020. (BC GOVERNMENT PHOTO)
Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions and city CAO Tim Pley tour the remanufacturing plant construction site with San Group owners Suki and Kamal Sanghera and manager Bruce Molander, Sept. 17, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Changes to lumber exports are welcome news for San Group in Port Alberni

San Group hoping to have new remanufacturing plant up and running by mid-October

Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions and city CAO Tim Pley tour the remanufacturing plant construction site with San Group owners Suki and Kamal Sanghera and manager Bruce Molander, Sept. 17, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Huu-ay-aht First Nations Chief Councillor Robert Dennis Sr., left, joins Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation on the steps of the B.C. Legislature for an announcement about the safety of Bamfield Road, Sept. 11, 2020. (BC GOVERNMENT PHOTO)

Opinion: Reconciliation is only as strong as its partnerships

Bamfield Road deal is an ideal example of the province working with First Nations

Huu-ay-aht First Nations Chief Councillor Robert Dennis Sr., left, joins Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation on the steps of the B.C. Legislature for an announcement about the safety of Bamfield Road, Sept. 11, 2020. (BC GOVERNMENT PHOTO)
Scott Fraser, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim, stands with his family. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

Mid Island-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser won’t seek re-election

Fraser one of two MLAs to announce intentions as election rumours swirl in B.C.

Scott Fraser, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim, stands with his family. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Hereditary chief (tyee hawilth) Derek Peters from Huu-ay-aht First Nations and his daughter Olivia sign an agreement with Western Forest Products using a traditional cedar bark signature, March 29, 2018 at a ceremony in Anacla. HEATHER THOMSON PHOTO

First Nations, WFP, strike $36.2 million deal for West Coast tree farm license

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District give nod to Huu-ay-aht, Western Forest Products forestry deal

Hereditary chief (tyee hawilth) Derek Peters from Huu-ay-aht First Nations and his daughter Olivia sign an agreement with Western Forest Products using a traditional cedar bark signature, March 29, 2018 at a ceremony in Anacla. HEATHER THOMSON PHOTO
Barb and Dave Chamberlain are the owners of Mr. Potato, a food truck currently located at the Alberni Outpost. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Food greets Vancouver Island explorers as they get over the Hump

Alberni Outpost offers food, events, vendors at the top of Alberni Highway

Barb and Dave Chamberlain are the owners of Mr. Potato, a food truck currently located at the Alberni Outpost. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Alberni Athletics Soccer Club technical director Travis Cross, left; administrator Linda Rhodes; Darrin Oscienny; president Ralph Spencer sport hoodies with the Alberni Valley soccer association’s new name and logo. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Youth soccer in Port Alberni kicks off with new name, logo

Season will start Sept. 14, 2020 as BC Soccer moves to Phase 2

Alberni Athletics Soccer Club technical director Travis Cross, left; administrator Linda Rhodes; Darrin Oscienny; president Ralph Spencer sport hoodies with the Alberni Valley soccer association’s new name and logo. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Inuksuk building is a popular activity with tourists and residents alike when they visit Hole in the Wall on the east side of Port Alberni. (KATYA SLEPIAN/ AV News file photo)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Time to talk formally about Hole in the Wall

Safety concerns have brought Port Alberni attraction back in the spotlight

Inuksuk building is a popular activity with tourists and residents alike when they visit Hole in the Wall on the east side of Port Alberni. (KATYA SLEPIAN/ AV News file photo)
The bus involved in a crash on Bamfield Road on Friday, Sept. 13 is towed away from the scene. PHOTO COURTESY CTV NEWS VANCOUVER ISLAND

$30M plan announced to make Bamfield Road safer

Gov’t announcement comes as first anniversary of UVic student deaths approaches

The bus involved in a crash on Bamfield Road on Friday, Sept. 13 is towed away from the scene. PHOTO COURTESY CTV NEWS VANCOUVER ISLAND
In 2019, the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District installed this gate on the gravel road that leads to the West Coast landfill to mitigate illegal dumping. The gate is locked when the landfill closes. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Gates considered as visitors and campers disrupt West Coast watershed

Tofino-Ucluelet residents reflect on solutions to clean up backroads issues around Kennedy Lake

In 2019, the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District installed this gate on the gravel road that leads to the West Coast landfill to mitigate illegal dumping. The gate is locked when the landfill closes. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Helma Swinkels started Pot Luck Ceramics with her friend Val Startup and a group of forward-thinking volunteers 10 years ago. She is embracing the profit-for-non-profit’s successes as she faces closing the Pot Luck cottage on Gertrude Street in Port Alberni in September 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Pot Luck Ceramics closes ground-breaking social enterprise after 9-year run

Port Alberni store celebrates successes as it prepares to close in face of COVID-19 challenges

Helma Swinkels started Pot Luck Ceramics with her friend Val Startup and a group of forward-thinking volunteers 10 years ago. She is embracing the profit-for-non-profit’s successes as she faces closing the Pot Luck cottage on Gertrude Street in Port Alberni in September 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Hole in the Wall is a popular outdoor destination with tourists in Port Alberni, but parking to access the area is causing concern. (KATYA SLEPIAN/ AV News file photo)

Port Alberni’s Hole in the Wall creates safety concerns

Access to the site is through private lands owned by Mosaic Forest Management

Hole in the Wall is a popular outdoor destination with tourists in Port Alberni, but parking to access the area is causing concern. (KATYA SLEPIAN/ AV News file photo)
EDITORIAL: Labour Day takes on bigger meaning in 2020

EDITORIAL: Labour Day takes on bigger meaning in 2020

Labour Day 2020 will be perhaps the most unique Canada has celebrated in modern times.

  • Sep 7, 2020
EDITORIAL: Labour Day takes on bigger meaning in 2020
Members of Tseshaht First Nation sing at Clutesi Haven Marina on Wednesday, Sept. 2. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Alberni area First Nation protests over fishing rights on Somass River

Peaceful Tseshaht demonstration took place in front of Department of Oceans and Fisheries office

Members of Tseshaht First Nation sing at Clutesi Haven Marina on Wednesday, Sept. 2. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Tanner Provencal was in first place on the juniors’ side of the Alberni Valley Tyee Club ladder with this 24.8-pounder, but Kayden Jasken unseated Tanner with a 25.9 whopper. The juniors are giving the adults a run for their money this year. ((PHOTO COURTESY CAROLYN JASKEN, AV TYEE CLUB)

Alberni Valley Tyee Club’s ladders see late-season action

Biggest fish so far weighs in at 28 pounds in Alberni Inlet

  • Sep 2, 2020
Tanner Provencal was in first place on the juniors’ side of the Alberni Valley Tyee Club ladder with this 24.8-pounder, but Kayden Jasken unseated Tanner with a 25.9 whopper. The juniors are giving the adults a run for their money this year. ((PHOTO COURTESY CAROLYN JASKEN, AV TYEE CLUB)
A Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation guardian took this photo about a month ago of dozens of vehicles parked along a forest service road in the Kennedy watershed. (Submitted photo)

Ucluelet RCMP increase patrol at Kennedy watershed

“There’s no social distancing and there is a lot of drugs; total destruction of the environment.”

A Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation guardian took this photo about a month ago of dozens of vehicles parked along a forest service road in the Kennedy watershed. (Submitted photo)
Crews from Coulson Aviation begin stripping a 737 jet in preparation for transforming it into a new aerial firefighting Fireliner, July 23, 2020 at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport. Coulson Aviation has plans to expand at the airport. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Alberni airport gets GPS approach

Airport advisory committee will work on ‘vision’ for Alberni’s airport

Crews from Coulson Aviation begin stripping a 737 jet in preparation for transforming it into a new aerial firefighting Fireliner, July 23, 2020 at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport. Coulson Aviation has plans to expand at the airport. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)