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Cole Perey rides Red Fury to victory during an early round of the Little Lightning in the Valley soapbox derby

Slideshow: Best photos of 2016

An assortment of photos from the Alberni Valley News' most popular stories in 2016 and a few of our favourites.

Cole Perey rides Red Fury to victory during an early round of the Little Lightning in the Valley soapbox derby

Air quality advisory in effect for Port Alberni

Open burning restrictions and an air quality advisory has been issued for the Valley from the Ministry of Environment and Island Health.

INTERACTIVE MAP: Top 100 highest assessed homes on Vancouver Island

INTERACTIVE MAP: Top 100 highest assessed homes on Vancouver Island

Exclusive islands, Saanich acreages and Oak Bay waterfront mansions are among the highest valued Island residences

INTERACTIVE MAP: Top 100 highest assessed homes on Vancouver Island

What are Ash River priorities?

The Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program wants to hear the public's ideas on priorities for the Ash River Watershed.

Hundreds of people

Chilly dippers brave frigid Alberni Inlet

Hundreds flocked to Canal Beach south of Port Alberni to ring in 2017 with PEAK FM's annual Polar Bear Swim.

Hundreds of people
QUIZ: 12 questions to test your knowledge of B.C. news in 2016

QUIZ: 12 questions to test your knowledge of B.C. news in 2016

How well do you know your provincial news? Take our #BCNewsQuiz and see how you score

QUIZ: 12 questions to test your knowledge of B.C. news in 2016
Micheal Liu

Year in review 2016: Cantimber

Cantimber Biotech made headlines throughout 2016 after receiving many concerns about their emissions from neighbouring residents.

Micheal Liu
Emergency dispatchers received some unusual phone calls in 2016.

Stuck gym lockers, job queries top 2016 list of reasons to not call 911

Non-emergency calls can delay the response to a legitimate emergency

Emergency dispatchers received some unusual phone calls in 2016.

Cantimber must meet recommendations before operating

The Port Alberni Port Authority will require Cantimber to follow through on 11 recommendations prior to beginning operations.

Tribunal awards Huu-ay-aht First Nations $14M

The $13.8 million is compensation from a Specific Claims Tribunal over Canada’s breaches of duty over a logging licence.

Winter wonderland transforms Coulson rink

This year’s West Coast Winter Wonderland is up and running at the Alberni Valley Multiplex.

Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann will play the first concert at Char’s Landing as part of the classical concert series on Sunday

Subscriptions still needed for classical concerts

The inaugural Classical Concert Series, held at Char's Landing, will begin Feb. 12 and subscriptions are still available.

Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann will play the first concert at Char’s Landing as part of the classical concert series on Sunday

Help the Salvation Army ‘fill the truck’

On Friday, Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Hospitality Inn will have the truck in their parking lot and are hosting other activities too.

Teen who aged out of government care found dead in Surrey tent

Teen who aged out of government care found dead in Surrey tent

The 19-year-old woman was in an area popular with homeless campers, officials say.

Teen who aged out of government care found dead in Surrey tent

Alberni Valley still waiting for highway

The Horne Lake Connector may be dead, but Coun. Jack McLeman so far isn’t impressed with the transportation ministry’s alternatives.

Malika McDonald

Alberni wrestling season kicks off with road trip south

Alberni Valley wrestlers travelled to Esquimalt last Saturday to compete in the Island Novice Wrestling Championships.

Malika McDonald
Instructor Naomi Walser leads girls in a passing drill during an all girls lacrosse try out at E.J. Dunn Elementary School.

Alberni girls check out lacrosse

The British Columbia Lacrosse Association is pushing to create girls only lacrosse teams.

Instructor Naomi Walser leads girls in a passing drill during an all girls lacrosse try out at E.J. Dunn Elementary School.
Volunteers Cathi Baker and Maxine Munsil pack bags of food for kids to take home for the Backpack Program at Dunn Elementary on Thursday afternoon.

Alberni programs keeping kids fed

A number of Port Alberni organizations are taking steps to combat hunger in schools across the Alberni Valley.

Volunteers Cathi Baker and Maxine Munsil pack bags of food for kids to take home for the Backpack Program at Dunn Elementary on Thursday afternoon.

Alberni Valley Bulldogs add player

Keith Anderson from Hermiston, ON has joined the Bulldogs from the Vernon Vipers.

Alberni Community And Womens Services Society (ACAWS) staff and volunteers gather purple ribbons to put them on Stamp Avenue last week to show the number of domestic violence calls the RCMP have answered between Oct 2015–16.

Purple ribbons aim to bring awareness

Alberni's ACAWS recognizes 16 Days of Activism with purple ribbon campaign on Stamp Avenue

Alberni Community And Womens Services Society (ACAWS) staff and volunteers gather purple ribbons to put them on Stamp Avenue last week to show the number of domestic violence calls the RCMP have answered between Oct 2015–16.