Alberni Valley

Taylor, left, Stefanie and Nicole Favel, three of the late Capt. Rob Favel’s four children, share memories of their father at a memorial service for the fallen Beaver Creek Volunteer Fire Dept. firefighter at Glenwood Centre on Sept. 11, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Alberni Valley firefighters hold line of duty memorial service for one of their own

28-year veteran from Beaver Creek Volunteer Fire Dept. died of cancer on July 1

Taylor, left, Stefanie and Nicole Favel, three of the late Capt. Rob Favel’s four children, share memories of their father at a memorial service for the fallen Beaver Creek Volunteer Fire Dept. firefighter at Glenwood Centre on Sept. 11, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Members of the Alberni Valley Rescue Squad muster near the trail system to Cold Creek Falls, where a hiker needed to be rescued Sept. 2, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY RESCUE SQUAD)

Alberni Valley Rescue Squad rescues injured hiker

BC Search and Rescue Association stresses ‘no charge for SAR’ with video series

Members of the Alberni Valley Rescue Squad muster near the trail system to Cold Creek Falls, where a hiker needed to be rescued Sept. 2, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY RESCUE SQUAD)
A team member from Alberni Valley Rescue Squad pauses at the Mount 5040 summit after successfully rescuing an injured hiker, Aug. 8, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY RICHARD JOHNS, AVRS)

Volunteer searchers from Port Alberni rescue injured hiker on Island mountain

Helicopter called to evacuate hiker from 5040 Peak, southwest of city

A team member from Alberni Valley Rescue Squad pauses at the Mount 5040 summit after successfully rescuing an injured hiker, Aug. 8, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY RICHARD JOHNS, AVRS)
Mike Surrell of Lady Rose Marine Services purchased the MV Tenaka from BC Ferries in 2016 to add a second vessel to his passenger and freight service in Port Alberni. NEWS FILE PHOTO

End of an era for Vancouver Island as Lady Rose Marine Services announces closing

Final voyage between Port Alberni and Bamfield scheduled for Aug. 31

Mike Surrell of Lady Rose Marine Services purchased the MV Tenaka from BC Ferries in 2016 to add a second vessel to his passenger and freight service in Port Alberni. NEWS FILE PHOTO
The blueberry bushes are lush at Cox Lake Blueberry Farm in Port Alberni right now, as farmer Mark Murray will attest. The farm on Franklin River Road is still open for u-pick and ready-picked blueberry sales. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Blueberry farm flourishes in the Alberni Valley

Original owners return to Cox Lake farm for retirement

The blueberry bushes are lush at Cox Lake Blueberry Farm in Port Alberni right now, as farmer Mark Murray will attest. The farm on Franklin River Road is still open for u-pick and ready-picked blueberry sales. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Firefighters in the Alberni Valley are concerned about the elevated fire danger during the heat wave. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

No formal wildfire evacuation plan exists yet for Alberni Valley

City, ACRD, First Nations planning evacuation routes, process for region

Firefighters in the Alberni Valley are concerned about the elevated fire danger during the heat wave. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Keneesha Bordian was surprised to walk into her south Port Alberni backyard and spot a cougar seeking shade underneath a hedge. (PHOTO COURTESY KENEESHA BORDIAN)

Cougar spotted lounging under cedar hedge in Port Alberni neighbourhood

WildSafe BC cautions people to keep small pets indoors, supervise kids outdoors

Keneesha Bordian was surprised to walk into her south Port Alberni backyard and spot a cougar seeking shade underneath a hedge. (PHOTO COURTESY KENEESHA BORDIAN)
San Group owners Kamal Sanghera, left, Suki Sanghera and Paul Deol (from the Langley operation) announce $100 million in investments in their Port Alberni forestry operations on June 2, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

San Group will invest $100M in four forestry-based projects in Port Alberni

Deal includes $50M to start shipping lumber instead of raw logs from Island port

San Group owners Kamal Sanghera, left, Suki Sanghera and Paul Deol (from the Langley operation) announce $100 million in investments in their Port Alberni forestry operations on June 2, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Naomi Pope’s ‘Magical Macktush’ won Mosaic Forest Management’s 2020 photo contest. Whose entry will win this year? (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Capture west coast’s beauty this summer and win camping passes with Mosaic

Last year’s photo contest drew 450 entries as people headed outdoors

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Naomi Pope’s ‘Magical Macktush’ won Mosaic Forest Management’s 2020 photo contest. Whose entry will win this year? (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Carol Brown from the Alberni District Fall Fair committee, works on the online feed for the 2020 virtual Fall Fair on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)

Alberni District Fall Fair wins national award for innovation

Long-running traditional Vancouver Island fair went virtual due to COVID-19

Carol Brown from the Alberni District Fall Fair committee, works on the online feed for the 2020 virtual Fall Fair on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)
A poignant Pandemic Postcard Project submission has led Lesley Wright and Graham Hughes of Literacy Alberni on a new path toward anti-racism education. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

‘I am not a virus’: How one postcard sparked a Vancouver Island pushback against racism

Literacy Alberni receives $50K in funding to create web-driven system for reporting racism

A poignant Pandemic Postcard Project submission has led Lesley Wright and Graham Hughes of Literacy Alberni on a new path toward anti-racism education. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Courtenay-Alberni NDP MP Gord Johns gives a thumbs up to active transportation during a presentation of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce's Bike SEAT program at McLean Mill National Historic site in Port Alberni on April 16, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Quinn: Island MP Gord Johns takes victory ride for cycling strategy

Johns gained a reputation as the bicycle-riding MP during his first year

Courtenay-Alberni NDP MP Gord Johns gives a thumbs up to active transportation during a presentation of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce's Bike SEAT program at McLean Mill National Historic site in Port Alberni on April 16, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns tries out one of the e-bikes that are part of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce’s new Bike SEAT program. The chamber received a New Horizons for Seniors grant for the program. (April 16, 2021) (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Innovative Bike SEAT program gets seniors out on Alberni Valley trails with e-bikes

Chamber of commerce purchased six e-bikes with New Horizons for Seniors federal grant

Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns tries out one of the e-bikes that are part of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce’s new Bike SEAT program. The chamber received a New Horizons for Seniors grant for the program. (April 16, 2021) (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Minnie Paterson, known as the ‘Heroine of Cape Beale’ for her lifesaving efforts following a tragic shipwreck on the west coast of Vancouver Island, poses for a portrait with her dog Yarrow in 1900. Paterson’s husband Thomas was the Cape Beale lighthouse keeper at the time of the wrecks of the SS Valencia on Jan. 22, 1906 and the Coloma on Dec. 7, 1906. Minnie earned her nickname after trekking through rough terrain and weather to Bamfield to alert Coast Guard Service Quadra that the Coloma was sinking. All aboard were saved thanks to her heroic efforts. This photo is one of 24,000 included in the Alberni Valley Museum’s online archives, available for public viewing at https://portalberni.pastperfectonline.com. (PHOTO PN11869 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)

Meet Minnie Paterson, the heroine of Cape Beale

How a lighthouse keeper’s wife saved the victims of a turn-of-the-century shipwreck

Minnie Paterson, known as the ‘Heroine of Cape Beale’ for her lifesaving efforts following a tragic shipwreck on the west coast of Vancouver Island, poses for a portrait with her dog Yarrow in 1900. Paterson’s husband Thomas was the Cape Beale lighthouse keeper at the time of the wrecks of the SS Valencia on Jan. 22, 1906 and the Coloma on Dec. 7, 1906. Minnie earned her nickname after trekking through rough terrain and weather to Bamfield to alert Coast Guard Service Quadra that the Coloma was sinking. All aboard were saved thanks to her heroic efforts. This photo is one of 24,000 included in the Alberni Valley Museum’s online archives, available for public viewing at https://portalberni.pastperfectonline.com. (PHOTO PN11869 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)
Alberni Valley Hospice Society’s Ty Watson House, in Port Alberni.

Frustated Alberni Valley Hospice staff walks out

Hospice is still operating ‘as usual,’ according to Hospice Society

Alberni Valley Hospice Society’s Ty Watson House, in Port Alberni.
Winston Joseph, with his grandchildren, holds a copy of the letter he wrote to Terry Fox in 1980, which was included in a 2017 exhibit at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria. [photo submitted]

Port Alberni remembers Winston Joseph with Canada Day parade in April

‘Mr. Positive Port Alberni’ started Canada Day folk fest, lived a life of service and faith

Winston Joseph, with his grandchildren, holds a copy of the letter he wrote to Terry Fox in 1980, which was included in a 2017 exhibit at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria. [photo submitted]
Candles burn on the front steps of the Port Alberni Friendship Center in memory of Clifton Johnston, who died tragically nearby on March 27, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/Alberni Valley News)

Friends, family remember Clifton Johnston with candlelight vigil

Port Alberni RCMP say youth’s stabbing death was homicide, arrest made

Candles burn on the front steps of the Port Alberni Friendship Center in memory of Clifton Johnston, who died tragically nearby on March 27, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/Alberni Valley News)
New lacrosse players practiced shooting drills during a “Try It” session at the Glenwood Centre on Thursday, March 18. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Young Vancouver Island athletes giving lacrosse a try

Alberni Valley Minor Lacrosse Association introduced new players to Canada’s sport

New lacrosse players practiced shooting drills during a “Try It” session at the Glenwood Centre on Thursday, March 18. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Crews respond to a structure fire in the 6000 block of Renton Road in Cherry Creek on Saturday, Feb. 27. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

Workshop destroyed in fire near Port Alberni

Crews stayed on scene overnight fighting ‘stubborn’ blaze

Crews respond to a structure fire in the 6000 block of Renton Road in Cherry Creek on Saturday, Feb. 27. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Tim Preston and Scott McFarlane carry the buoy out to the migrant wreck. In the top right corner of the photo is the temporary buoy that previously marked the dive site. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Divers hope to make a lasting mark on the Alberni Inlet

New marker buoy acts as a beacon for divers and boaters alike marking scuttled immigrant ship

Tim Preston and Scott McFarlane carry the buoy out to the migrant wreck. In the top right corner of the photo is the temporary buoy that previously marked the dive site. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)