Alberni News Staff

One month into the new waste collection system, the City of Port Alberni has diverted more than 150 tonnes of organics from the landfill. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

City of Port Alberni, ACRD celebrate success of new organics program

Municipalities offering one free year of waste collection in new contest

One month into the new waste collection system, the City of Port Alberni has diverted more than 150 tonnes of organics from the landfill. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Port Alberni’s first rainbow crosswalk was installed a few years ago on Fourth Avenue at Argyle Street, connecting city hall with the Capitol Theatre. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Suspects own up to damaging rainbow crosswalk in Port Alberni

Incidents happened separately in August and September

Port Alberni’s first rainbow crosswalk was installed a few years ago on Fourth Avenue at Argyle Street, connecting city hall with the Capitol Theatre. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Ethan Bono attempts to dish a pass through a defender. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

BCHL: Two Alberni Valley Bulldogs listed as ‘Players to Watch’ by NHL Central Scouting

Ethan Bono and Emanuelson Charbonneau are both in their second seasons with the Bulldogs

Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Ethan Bono attempts to dish a pass through a defender. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Depending on the age of your woodstove, it may not be burning efficiently. The ACRD kicks off its annual woodstove exchange to encourage people to burn smarter. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Question of the Week: Oct. 20, 2021

Do you use a woodstove as the main source of heat in your home?

Depending on the age of your woodstove, it may not be burning efficiently. The ACRD kicks off its annual woodstove exchange to encourage people to burn smarter. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Port Alberni Bombers forward Jaydon Merritt fires a shot at the Kraken goal. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

VIJHL: Port Alberni Bombers’ comeback falls short against Lake Cowichan Kraken

Two newest teams in the VIJHL squared off at the Alberni Valley Multiplex

Port Alberni Bombers forward Jaydon Merritt fires a shot at the Kraken goal. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
This photo, circa 1920, shows the Somass Hotel at the bottom of Argyle Street in its early years. The four-storey building had gas lighting and hot air radiators throughout. The hotel was rebuilt after a fire in 1947. (PHOTO PN12362 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)

LOOK BACK: The Somass Hotel in Port Alberni

Hotel was a fixture at the bottom of Argyle Street for decades

This photo, circa 1920, shows the Somass Hotel at the bottom of Argyle Street in its early years. The four-storey building had gas lighting and hot air radiators throughout. The hotel was rebuilt after a fire in 1947. (PHOTO PN12362 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)
The Community Arts Council held its annual book sale at the former Gill Elementary School grounds on Beaver Creek Road on July 17. Dozens of people came out to check out the selection of books for sale. The giant book sale is the Community Arts Council’s biggest fundraiser of the year. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

ARTS AROUND: Rollin Art Centre looking for book donations

The Port Alberni gallery will be holding a Giant Book Sale fundraiser in 2022

The Community Arts Council held its annual book sale at the former Gill Elementary School grounds on Beaver Creek Road on July 17. Dozens of people came out to check out the selection of books for sale. The giant book sale is the Community Arts Council’s biggest fundraiser of the year. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Port Alberni city hall. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)

EDITORIAL: Residents have a say in City of Port Alberni’s vision

The city is going to revamp its Official Community Plan

Port Alberni city hall. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Authors Susan Raby-Dunne and Bill Arnott will be the featured readers at Electric Mermaid on Friday, Oct. 15. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Writers share the spotlight at Oct. 15 Electric Mermaid in Port Alberni

Literary event will take place in person at Char’s Landing and via Zoom

Authors Susan Raby-Dunne and Bill Arnott will be the featured readers at Electric Mermaid on Friday, Oct. 15. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
New recycling and organics carts have been delivered to every single-family home within the City of Port Alberni. The new 3-stream waste system began Sept. 13.

Question of the Week: Oct. 13, 2021

Are you happy with the city’s new waste collection system so far?

New recycling and organics carts have been delivered to every single-family home within the City of Port Alberni. The new 3-stream waste system began Sept. 13.
Bombers forward Grayson Erickson squares off against a Peninsula Panthers player on Wednesday night’s 4-3 comeback win. (PHOTO COURTESY KAICEE TROTT)

VIJHL: Port Alberni Bombers win two in a row

The team picked up a come-from-behind win against Peninsula Panthers

Bombers forward Grayson Erickson squares off against a Peninsula Panthers player on Wednesday night’s 4-3 comeback win. (PHOTO COURTESY KAICEE TROTT)
Volunteers with the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive stand in front of a pile of donations. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni’s food drive collects more than 8,000 pounds of food in 2021

Food donations will stay in the Alberni Valley

Volunteers with the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive stand in front of a pile of donations. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The Stone Poets will be performing at Char’s Landing in Port Alberni on Oct. 8, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY MICAH GARDENER)
The Stone Poets will be performing at Char’s Landing in Port Alberni on Oct. 8, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY MICAH GARDENER)
Greg Penny picks up recycling bins on Sixth Avenue in Port Alberni on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. This week will be his final week with the previous recycling truck, as the City of Port Alberni is switching to a new three-cart system as of Sept. 13. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Eagle-eyed blue-box collector says goodbye to Port Alberni customers

New automated waste system diverts garbage from Alberni Valley Landfill

Greg Penny picks up recycling bins on Sixth Avenue in Port Alberni on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. This week will be his final week with the previous recycling truck, as the City of Port Alberni is switching to a new three-cart system as of Sept. 13. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers his remarks during a ceremony on Parliament Hill on the eve of the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, Wednesday, September 29, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

EDITORIAL: Prime Minister’s misstep on Truth and Reconciliation Day could be costly

It is difficult not to perceive this as a snub to the survivors in Kamloops…

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers his remarks during a ceremony on Parliament Hill on the eve of the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, Wednesday, September 29, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Josh Zary battles with Nick Marciano of the Cowichan Valley Capitals during a game in Duncan on Oct. 1, 2021. Zary has been named an alternate captain for the Bulldogs for the 2021-22 season. (KEVIN ROTHBAUER / BLACK PRESS)

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs name leadership team ahead of 2021-22 season

Stephen Castagna is the club’s newest captain

Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Josh Zary battles with Nick Marciano of the Cowichan Valley Capitals during a game in Duncan on Oct. 1, 2021. Zary has been named an alternate captain for the Bulldogs for the 2021-22 season. (KEVIN ROTHBAUER / BLACK PRESS)
A small group of former workers, workers and family members of residents walk with placards protesting conditions at Fir Park Village on Wallace Street and Echo Village on 10th Avenue, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 in Port Alberni. (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the AV News)
A small group of former workers, workers and family members of residents walk with placards protesting conditions at Fir Park Village on Wallace Street and Echo Village on 10th Avenue, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 in Port Alberni. (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the AV News)
(Air Force photo illustration by Margo Wright)

Question of the Week: Oct. 6, 2021

Have you had to turn on your heat yet?

(Air Force photo illustration by Margo Wright)
Victoria Quay offers a short walking path along Port Alberni’s waterfront. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

City of Port Alberni to hold open house for quay to quay path

City has budgeted $7.2 million over three years for the project

Victoria Quay offers a short walking path along Port Alberni’s waterfront. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Representatives from Tseshaht First Nation accept the $10,000 donation at the Catalyst Port Alberni mill. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Paper Excellence makes $10,000 donation for residential school memorial in Port Alberni

Tseshaht First Nation is raising funds to honour residential school survivors and victims

Representatives from Tseshaht First Nation accept the $10,000 donation at the Catalyst Port Alberni mill. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)