Alberni News Staff

The Royal Bank of Canada, pictured here on Third Avenue in 1950, is celebrating 75 years in Port Alberni. (PHOTO COURTESY RBC ROYAL BANK)

LOOK BACK: RBC celebrates 75 years in Port Alberni

Drop by RBC on Thursday, July 29 to join the celebration

The Royal Bank of Canada, pictured here on Third Avenue in 1950, is celebrating 75 years in Port Alberni. (PHOTO COURTESY RBC ROYAL BANK)
Daniel Eichstadter and Genevieve Huneault of Port Alberni are creating new furniture from old with their new business, Redo Robin. (TERESA BIRD/ Alberni Valley News)
Daniel Eichstadter and Genevieve Huneault of Port Alberni are creating new furniture from old with their new business, Redo Robin. (TERESA BIRD/ Alberni Valley News)
A group of students from Uruguay pose for a souvenir picture on the Olympic Rings set outside the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Saturday, March 21, 2020. The Olympic flame from Greece arrived in Japan Friday, even as the opening of the the Tokyo Games in four months is in doubt with more voices suggesting the games should to be postponed or canceled because of the worldwide virus pandemic. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Question of the Week: July 21, 2021

Will you be watching the Olympics this year?

A group of students from Uruguay pose for a souvenir picture on the Olympic Rings set outside the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Saturday, March 21, 2020. The Olympic flame from Greece arrived in Japan Friday, even as the opening of the the Tokyo Games in four months is in doubt with more voices suggesting the games should to be postponed or canceled because of the worldwide virus pandemic. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
The Port Alberni Fire Department extinguished a suspicious fire in the 2800-block of Second Avenue on Monday, July 19. (PHOTO COURTESY PAFD)

Port Alberni RCMP investigate suspicious structure fire

Police appealing to the public for information and video footage of the area

The Port Alberni Fire Department extinguished a suspicious fire in the 2800-block of Second Avenue on Monday, July 19. (PHOTO COURTESY PAFD)
Commercial gillnet fisher Ryan Daynes repairs his net from the Lily M. on one of the wharf fingers at Centennial Pier, Port Alberni, on June 24, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Commercial salmon fishers left high and dry over sudden DFO closures

Island MP calls on federal fisheries minister to provide financial relief

Commercial gillnet fisher Ryan Daynes repairs his net from the Lily M. on one of the wharf fingers at Centennial Pier, Port Alberni, on June 24, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds fly over Napier Street in Port Alberni on Monday, July 19. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

VIDEO: Snowbirds fly over Port Alberni

The team flew over hospitals on Vancouver Island as part of Operation Inspiration

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds fly over Napier Street in Port Alberni on Monday, July 19. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
“On Alert” by Shannon McWhinney is one piece of art you can find on display at DRAW Gallery during their summer group exhibit. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Summer art exhibit opens at DRAW Gallery in Port Alberni

Due to COVID-19, the gallery is open by appointment only

“On Alert” by Shannon McWhinney is one piece of art you can find on display at DRAW Gallery during their summer group exhibit. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
A firefighter with Port Alberni Fire Department mops up a fire in Dry Creek Park early Tuesday, July 13, 2021. It was the second fire crews attended in a few hours in Dry Creek. (PHOTO COURTESY PAFD)

Port Alberni man arrested for arson as RCMP investigate rash of wildfires

Charges ‘not necessarily’ connected to human-caused fires in forested areas

A firefighter with Port Alberni Fire Department mops up a fire in Dry Creek Park early Tuesday, July 13, 2021. It was the second fire crews attended in a few hours in Dry Creek. (PHOTO COURTESY PAFD)
A firefighter with Port Alberni Fire Department mops up a fire in Dry Creek Park early Tuesday, July 13, 2021. It was the second fire crews attended in a few hours in Dry Creek. (PHOTO COURTESY PAFD)

Port Alberni RCMP investigate rash of fires in Dry Creek Park

Port Alberni Fire Department says all the fires have been ‘human-caused’

A firefighter with Port Alberni Fire Department mops up a fire in Dry Creek Park early Tuesday, July 13, 2021. It was the second fire crews attended in a few hours in Dry Creek. (PHOTO COURTESY PAFD)
(BCLC image)

$200K lotto ticket purchased in Port Alberni

The $27 million Lotto Max jackpot was not won

(BCLC image)
The Coastal Fire Centre are looking ahead to the wildfire season on Vancouver Island. (Phil McLachlan – Western News)

EDITORIAL: Wildfire plan can’t come soon enough for Alberni Valley

It’s not like the idea of wildfires in the Alberni Valley is new…

The Coastal Fire Centre are looking ahead to the wildfire season on Vancouver Island. (Phil McLachlan – Western News)
Catherine Macdonald is the author of mystery novel “So Many Windings.” (SUBMITTED PHOTOS)

Two Canadian mystery authors to read at online literary event

Electric Mermaid: Live Reads takes place online via Zoom on the third Friday of each month

Catherine Macdonald is the author of mystery novel “So Many Windings.” (SUBMITTED PHOTOS)
(NEWS FILE PHOTO)

RCMP intercept stolen vehicle on its way into Port Alberni

Vehicle was stolen from the Duncan area

(NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Randy Brown, owner of Wintergreen Apartments on Fourth Avenue, has five trailers and a motorhome at the back of his property that he is renting to people who had been previously homeless. He wants to put 15 trailers on his property, hooked up to city sewer and water and BC Hydro. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

EDITORIAL: Time for Alberni govt’s to deal with RVs used as housing

Two examples show disadvantages of ‘permanent’ housing on wheels

Randy Brown, owner of Wintergreen Apartments on Fourth Avenue, has five trailers and a motorhome at the back of his property that he is renting to people who had been previously homeless. He wants to put 15 trailers on his property, hooked up to city sewer and water and BC Hydro. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
The Alberni Valley Rescue Squad’s rescue boat. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

Alberni Valley Rescue Squad performs rescue by boat on Sproat Lake

Man had been injured in the water near Two Rivers Arm

The Alberni Valley Rescue Squad’s rescue boat. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
(Phil McLachlan – Western News)

Question of the Week: July 7, 2021

Are you prepared if a wildfire were to hit your neighbourhood?

(Phil McLachlan – Western News)
Forward Carson Steel is headed back to his hometown of Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

VIJHL: Port Alberni Bombers acquire Carson Steel in club’s first trade

The 2021-22 VIJHL season is expected to get underway on Sept. 8

Forward Carson Steel is headed back to his hometown of Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Eight young men and eight young women are seen in formal dress in a photo taken during the “graduation dance” in 1964. In back: David Smith, Douglas Bogdanski, Clayton Ward, Jim Crowden, Greg McInnes, Martin Segger, Gerry Mennard, Felix Joseph. Middle row: Connie Vandernoler, Sandra Rourke, Florence Carriere, Anne Stegman. Front row: Suzanne Watson, Barbara McLaughlin, Sharon McNeil, Sherry Lee Edwards.

LOOK BACK: Graduation at Port Alberni’s Smith School

Take a peek at Alberni Valley history with the Alberni Valley Museum

Eight young men and eight young women are seen in formal dress in a photo taken during the “graduation dance” in 1964. In back: David Smith, Douglas Bogdanski, Clayton Ward, Jim Crowden, Greg McInnes, Martin Segger, Gerry Mennard, Felix Joseph. Middle row: Connie Vandernoler, Sandra Rourke, Florence Carriere, Anne Stegman. Front row: Suzanne Watson, Barbara McLaughlin, Sharon McNeil, Sherry Lee Edwards.
A fire at the end of Clayton Road in Cherry Creek is now classified as “under control.” (PHOTO COURTESY CHERRY CREEK FIRE DEPARTMENT)

Cherry Creek wildfire near Port Alberni under control

Fire crews still dealing with ‘hot spots’ in wildfire area

A fire at the end of Clayton Road in Cherry Creek is now classified as “under control.” (PHOTO COURTESY CHERRY CREEK FIRE DEPARTMENT)
Mosaic kits are available at the Rollin Art Centre. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Mosaic kits are available at the Rollin Art Centre. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)