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

 

Coulson Aviation’s newest Chinook helicopter, N43CU, takes to the air above the Alberni Valley Regional Airport following a complete airframe conversion into a helitanker, April 8, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY BILL MCLEOD)

Coulson Aviation’s newest helitanker takes flight

Converted Chinook helitanker off to U.S. for new paint job

 

Police cordoned off the block of Fifth Avenue from Burde Street to Bute Street in front of the Phoenix House sobering centre in the early-morning hours of Sunday, April 4, 2021. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

Port Alberni stabbing suspect arrested in Nanaimo

Man was also in possession of fentanyl: RCMP

 

Hwy. 4 was shut down in both directions for 10 hours on March 23 as a rock bluff was blasted as part of Kennedy Hill’s ongoing construction. Commuters can expect five more 10 hour closures on five consecutive Wednesdays beginning April 28. (Photo courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Five 10-hour Pacific Rim highway closures planned in the next 6 weeks

Closures needed for rock blasting as part of the Kennedy Hill Safety Improvement project.

Hwy. 4 was shut down in both directions for 10 hours on March 23 as a rock bluff was blasted as part of Kennedy Hill’s ongoing construction. Commuters can expect five more 10 hour closures on five consecutive Wednesdays beginning April 28. (Photo courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
A trailer with fire damage is taped off by the Port Alberni Fire Department at the Wintergreen Apartments on Fourth Avenue. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Fire knocked down at controversial Port Alberni property

City is concerned about zoning, building code and fire code infractions surrounding the trailers

A trailer with fire damage is taped off by the Port Alberni Fire Department at the Wintergreen Apartments on Fourth Avenue. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Professor John Reynolds, from SFU, does salmon research at the Bamfield Marine Science Centre in the summer. He is also chair of COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada). (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

You too can be a citizen scientist with new app

SFU talks about how a smartphone app is helping preserve nature

  • Apr 11, 2021
Professor John Reynolds, from SFU, does salmon research at the Bamfield Marine Science Centre in the summer. He is also chair of COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada). (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Port Alberni Paper Chase runners depart from Cherry Creek Community Hall during a pre-COVID Paper Chase event. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Port Alberni Paper Chase runners depart from Cherry Creek Community Hall during a pre-COVID Paper Chase event. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Port Alberni RCMP members collect evidence at the scene of a homicide on Fourth Avenue Saturday, March 27, 2021. A 20-year-old man from Port Alberni and Ahousaht First Nation was found suffering from stab wounds in front of the Port Alberni Friendship Center. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni RCMP seeking witness in homicide investigation

Police believe witness may have information ‘crucial’ to the investigation

Port Alberni RCMP members collect evidence at the scene of a homicide on Fourth Avenue Saturday, March 27, 2021. A 20-year-old man from Port Alberni and Ahousaht First Nation was found suffering from stab wounds in front of the Port Alberni Friendship Center. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Phoenix House, which operates Port Alberni’s sobering centre, is monitored by video surveillance. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Man stabbed in early-morning incident in Port Alberni

This is the second stabbing in a week in the same neighbourhood

Phoenix House, which operates Port Alberni’s sobering centre, is monitored by video surveillance. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Vicki McLeod will be presenting her pictures of “wild swimming” at an online women’s Zoom event, YakFest, on April 5. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

‘Wild swimming’ offers a cure for the COVID-19 blues

Nanaimo blogger Vicki McLeod among a growing number touting the benefits of a cold water plunge

Vicki McLeod will be presenting her pictures of “wild swimming” at an online women’s Zoom event, YakFest, on April 5. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Contractors have started working on structural improvements to the McLean Mill dam, near the Alberni Valley Enhancement Association’s fish hatchery. Work started the week of March 15, 2021 and is expected to wrap up at the end of April. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Construction work begins on Port Alberni’s McLean Mill dam

Site remain open during structural improvement project that has been on the books since 2018

Contractors have started working on structural improvements to the McLean Mill dam, near the Alberni Valley Enhancement Association’s fish hatchery. Work started the week of March 15, 2021 and is expected to wrap up at the end of April. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
A photo of Clifton Johnston is placed against a rock in front of the Port Alberni Friendship Center during a candlelight vigil for the young man. (SUSAN QUINN/Alberni Valley News)

Arrest made in Port Alberni homicide

RCMP have yet to lay charges

A photo of Clifton Johnston is placed against a rock in front of the Port Alberni Friendship Center during a candlelight vigil for the young man. (SUSAN QUINN/Alberni Valley News)
Tom Bridger, an electrician with Canadian Maritime Engineering Ltd., with the six-metre-long model of Naval ship HMCS Rainbow, sitting in CME’s facility at Canal Waterfront Park in Port Alberni. The large vessel under construction in the background is a geoduck packing ship. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Giant model of heritage warship saved from scuttling, finds new home in Ladysmith

Canadian Maritime Engineering saves massive HMCS Rainbow model from a Port Alberni trash heap

Tom Bridger, an electrician with Canadian Maritime Engineering Ltd., with the six-metre-long model of Naval ship HMCS Rainbow, sitting in CME’s facility at Canal Waterfront Park in Port Alberni. The large vessel under construction in the background is a geoduck packing ship. (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)
Port Alberni RCMP members collect evidence at the scene of a homicide on Fourth Avenue Saturday, March 27, 2021. A 20-year-old man from Port Alberni and Ahousaht First Nation was found suffering from stab wounds in front of the Port Alberni Friendship Center. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Police confirm death of 20-year-old man in Port Alberni was homicide

Victim, suspect likely known to each other, say RCMP

Port Alberni RCMP members collect evidence at the scene of a homicide on Fourth Avenue Saturday, March 27, 2021. A 20-year-old man from Port Alberni and Ahousaht First Nation was found suffering from stab wounds in front of the Port Alberni Friendship Center. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Port Alberni RCMP are investigating after a body was discovered on the grass in front of the Port Alberni Friendship Center, the morning of Saturday, March 27, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni RCMP treating discovery of a body as suspicious

Investigators use drone to help search scene in south side of city

Port Alberni RCMP are investigating after a body was discovered on the grass in front of the Port Alberni Friendship Center, the morning of Saturday, March 27, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Soap for Hope representatives fill Port Alberni volunteer Larry McGifford’s truck full of personal hygiene items that are destined for a number of charitable organizations to be distributed in the Alberni Valley. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

Bringing hope to Vancouver Island with soap

Victoria organization takes hotel recycling to a new level while helping with hygiene

Soap for Hope representatives fill Port Alberni volunteer Larry McGifford’s truck full of personal hygiene items that are destined for a number of charitable organizations to be distributed in the Alberni Valley. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
Port Alberni mayor Sharie Minions listens as San Group owner Kamal Sanghera explains the chop line inside one of the buildings at San’s remanufacturing plant on Stamp Avenue in Port Alberni. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni unmoved by plea to reduce tax rate for light industry

San Group says 2021 increase ‘unfair’ penalty to company that is investing in the city

Port Alberni mayor Sharie Minions listens as San Group owner Kamal Sanghera explains the chop line inside one of the buildings at San’s remanufacturing plant on Stamp Avenue in Port Alberni. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)

Police search nets illicit drugs, cash in Port Alberni

Charges contemplated for two males, say RCMP

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Alicia Puusepp and Chris Pouget are the new owners of Riverbend Cafe & Store on River Road. They have been busy renovating the store over the winter. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni’s Riverbend Cafe makes a comeback

Extensive renovations happening with a nod to the past

Alicia Puusepp and Chris Pouget are the new owners of Riverbend Cafe & Store on River Road. They have been busy renovating the store over the winter. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)