Alberni News Staff

Port Alberni RCMP are looking for a vehicle that damaged a rainbow crosswalk. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni RCMP look for truck that may have damaged city’s rainbow crosswalk

Crosswalk was painted in 2017 after fundraising campaign

Port Alberni RCMP are looking for a vehicle that damaged a rainbow crosswalk. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Ella Downing and Jacob O’Riain have opened the Off-Grid Camper Cafe in a camper van at Clutesi Haven Marina. (TERESA BIRD PHOTO)

BIZ BEAT: Trio of new businesses opening in Port Alberni

Coffee, campers and country chic in the Alberni Valley

Ella Downing and Jacob O’Riain have opened the Off-Grid Camper Cafe in a camper van at Clutesi Haven Marina. (TERESA BIRD PHOTO)
Tseshaht First Nation elected Chief Councillor Wahmeesh Ken Watts speaks at a July 1, 2021 gathering to honour the lost children whose remains are being discovered at the sites of former residential schools. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Tseshaht First Nation receives $1M for residential school research

Funding will locate and commemorate missing children from the Alberni Indian Residential School

Tseshaht First Nation elected Chief Councillor Wahmeesh Ken Watts speaks at a July 1, 2021 gathering to honour the lost children whose remains are being discovered at the sites of former residential schools. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
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Question of the Week: Aug. 18, 2021

Are you looking forward to compost pickup?

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The BC SPCA is raising funds for Toki, an injured dog who was found abandoned outdoors in Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

SPCA raising funds for injured dog found abandoned in Port Alberni

Toki, a one-year-old Golden Retriever mix, was recently brought into the BC SPCA’s care

The BC SPCA is raising funds for Toki, an injured dog who was found abandoned outdoors in Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Linda K. Thompson has written a new book, Black Bears in the Carrot Field. She will be reading from it at the monthly Electric Mermaid event at Char’s Landing Aug. 20, 2021. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni author to launch book of poetry at in-person Electric Mermaid event

Cookbook and cooking lifestyle author Kate McDermott will attend via Zoom

Linda K. Thompson has written a new book, Black Bears in the Carrot Field. She will be reading from it at the monthly Electric Mermaid event at Char’s Landing Aug. 20, 2021. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Cars circle around Harbour Quay during the charity cruise on Aug. 6. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Thunder in the Valley cruise raises $16K for charities

Tseshaht First Nation memorial project, WCGH Foundation to benefit equally

Cars circle around Harbour Quay during the charity cruise on Aug. 6. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
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)
The North Island College campus in Port Alberni is located on Roger Street. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

North Island College connects with new students through orientation

Orientation will be both digital and in-person in 2021

The North Island College campus in Port Alberni is located on Roger Street. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The Alberni-Clayoquot branch of the BC SPCA has seen an increase in abandoned roosters ever since backyard chicken coops were approved, and people began hatching their own chicken eggs. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

EDITORIAL: Chickens dumped in bush mean fowl play for BC SPCA

Port Alberni branch forced to house unwanted roosters

The Alberni-Clayoquot branch of the BC SPCA has seen an increase in abandoned roosters ever since backyard chicken coops were approved, and people began hatching their own chicken eggs. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have acquired goaltender Hobie Hedquist. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have acquired goaltender Hobie Hedquist. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a news conference at Rideau cottage in Ottawa, on Friday, March 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

Question of the Week: Aug. 4, 2021

Do you think the timing is right for a federal election?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a news conference at Rideau cottage in Ottawa, on Friday, March 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
From left to right: Deb Foxcroft (Tseshaht Elected Councillor), Ken Watts (Tseshaht Elected Chief Councillor), Josh Goodwill (Tseshaht Hereditary Chief), Dave Ralla, Cody Gus (Tseshaht Elder and AIRS survivor), Darrell Ross (Tseshaht admin staff and member), Carly Clark (Jays/Lace It Up), Dustin Dame (Cloud City) and Aaron Colyn (Twin City Brewing). (PHOTO COURTESY TSESHAHT FIRST NATION)

Port Alberni businesses step up to help fund residential school memorial

Tseshaht First Nation in Port Alberni has started a fundraiser

From left to right: Deb Foxcroft (Tseshaht Elected Councillor), Ken Watts (Tseshaht Elected Chief Councillor), Josh Goodwill (Tseshaht Hereditary Chief), Dave Ralla, Cody Gus (Tseshaht Elder and AIRS survivor), Darrell Ross (Tseshaht admin staff and member), Carly Clark (Jays/Lace It Up), Dustin Dame (Cloud City) and Aaron Colyn (Twin City Brewing). (PHOTO COURTESY TSESHAHT FIRST NATION)
Water restrictions are going to Stage 2 for Port Alberni. (Photo by Mike Chouinard)

Port Alberni moves up to Stage 2 water restrictions on Aug. 3

Hot and dry weather leads to tighter restrictions

Water restrictions are going to Stage 2 for Port Alberni. (Photo by Mike Chouinard)
Dennis Olsen and Guy Langlois perform on stage at the Rollin Art Centre during Days with the Arts in 2018. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

ARTS AROUND: Tea on the Terrace returns to Rollin Art Centre

Guest musicians Dennis Olsen and Guy Langlois will perform

Dennis Olsen and Guy Langlois perform on stage at the Rollin Art Centre during Days with the Arts in 2018. ELENA RARDON PHOTO
Bernie the Bulldogs mascot interacts with the audience during an Alberni Valley Bulldogs game in early 2020. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Bulldogs, Bombers partner with San Group for free youth tickets

BCHL and VIJHL teams will be offering free youth tickets for the next three seasons

Bernie the Bulldogs mascot interacts with the audience during an Alberni Valley Bulldogs game in early 2020. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
DIGITAL Design & Development students Montana Pistell and Jesse Peltonen work in the digital design and development lab at NIC’s Comox Valley campus. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
DIGITAL Design & Development students Montana Pistell and Jesse Peltonen work in the digital design and development lab at NIC’s Comox Valley campus. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
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)