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Ancient Forest Alliance campaigner Andrea Inness walks beside an enormous western red cedar stump in a BCTS-issued cutblock in the Nahmint Valley. (PHOTO COURTESY TJ WATT)

B.C. forestry watchdog finds lack of compliance in Nahmint logging

Forest Practices Board says old growth and biodiversity near Port Alberni are at risk

Ancient Forest Alliance campaigner Andrea Inness walks beside an enormous western red cedar stump in a BCTS-issued cutblock in the Nahmint Valley. (PHOTO COURTESY TJ WATT)
AW Neill Elementary School in Port Alberni. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)

School district to choose new name for AW Neill Elementary in Port Alberni

School will not be renamed after Winston Joseph, says board

AW Neill Elementary School in Port Alberni. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)
The intersection at 10th Avenue and Dunbar Street. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Safety improvements planned for Port Alberni intersection

10th Avenue and Dunbar Street is an “intersection of concern” based on incident data

The intersection at 10th Avenue and Dunbar Street. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Bulldogs forward Brandon Buhr is knocked off the puck by Grizzlies defenceman Lindsay Reid. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs beaten back-to-back by Victoria Grizzlies

Victoria Grizzlies named Island Champions while Bulldogs take second place

Bulldogs forward Brandon Buhr is knocked off the puck by Grizzlies defenceman Lindsay Reid. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
A group walks along Third Avenue in Port Alberni on Wednesday, May 5, marking Red Dress Day. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Red Dress Day ceremony in Port Alberni honours the memory of Chantel Moore

Moore’s family, friends ‘frustrated’ by lack of answers in her death

A group walks along Third Avenue in Port Alberni on Wednesday, May 5, marking Red Dress Day. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Love A’fair explores the world of farmers’ markets and craft markets on Vancouver Island. (SCREENSHOT FROM LOVE A’FAIR TRAILER)
Love A’fair explores the world of farmers’ markets and craft markets on Vancouver Island. (SCREENSHOT FROM LOVE A’FAIR TRAILER)
HAAHUUPAYAK GROWS GARDENERS
Arianna Watts plants flower seeds in one of the new garden beds at Haahuupayak School. Read more about the school’s new garden program on page A5. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Haahuupayak students grow their own garden

New gardening program funded by federal grant for food sovereignty

HAAHUUPAYAK GROWS GARDENERS
Arianna Watts plants flower seeds in one of the new garden beds at Haahuupayak School. Read more about the school’s new garden program on page A5. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Malika McDonald signs a contract to play hockey with Brock University for the 2022-23 season. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni hockey player commits to college play

Malika McDonald is a product of the Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Association

Malika McDonald signs a contract to play hockey with Brock University for the 2022-23 season. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The proposed public safety building on Third Avenue will house the City of Port Alberni’s bylaw services department and community policing volunteers. (SCREENSHOT)

City of Port Alberni OKs plans for public safety building uptown

Construction work will be starting soon

The proposed public safety building on Third Avenue will house the City of Port Alberni’s bylaw services department and community policing volunteers. (SCREENSHOT)
The Alberni Valley’s Emergency Operations Centre is located around the corner and below the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District office. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Port Alberni marks Emergency Preparedness Week from May 3-8

Alberni Valley Emergency Program will educate residents about preparing for emergencies

The Alberni Valley’s Emergency Operations Centre is located around the corner and below the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District office. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs defenceman Ryan Nause fires a shot at the Cowichan goal. The shot ended up becoming Nause’s first BCHL goal. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

BCHL: Point streak ends for Alberni Valley Bulldogs with loss against Cowichan

This marks the first time the Bulldogs have lost in regulation since April 11

Alberni Valley Bulldogs defenceman Ryan Nause fires a shot at the Cowichan goal. The shot ended up becoming Nause’s first BCHL goal. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
A Salish Sea Industrial crane operator removes a derelict sailboat off the shores of Cadboro Bay on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Island landfills make deal to accept coastal clean-up material

Alberni Valley, west coast landfills will generate thousands in revenue with pilot project

A Salish Sea Industrial crane operator removes a derelict sailboat off the shores of Cadboro Bay on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
A family crosses the highway at Cathedral Grove. (BLACK PRESS file photo)

Parking at Cathedral Grove, paving at bottom of the ‘Hump’ new priorities for Highway 4

Province pauses plans to blast Angel Rock near Cameron Lake

A family crosses the highway at Cathedral Grove. (BLACK PRESS file photo)
Clippers defenceman Jack O’Brien pokes the puck away from Bulldogs forward Brandon Buhr during a game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on April 28, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs fall to Clippers in overtime

Port Alberni still holding onto second place in Island Pod

Clippers defenceman Jack O’Brien pokes the puck away from Bulldogs forward Brandon Buhr during a game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on April 28, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Bella Hall of Port Alberni winds up to throw the hammer during a practice session at Bob Dailey Stadium in Port Alberni. (PHOTO COURTESY DARREN WILLIS)

Port Alberni to host Olympic-level hammer throw competition

Port Alberni’s Bella Hall competing

Bella Hall of Port Alberni winds up to throw the hammer during a practice session at Bob Dailey Stadium in Port Alberni. (PHOTO COURTESY DARREN WILLIS)
A group of volunteers clears scotch broom outside of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre. This picture was taken in 2018, prior to COVID-19. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Broombusting season arrives in Port Alberni

Scotch broom has spread rapidly and densely across the Island

A group of volunteers clears scotch broom outside of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre. This picture was taken in 2018, prior to COVID-19. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
(NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Crime down in Port Alberni for first quarter of 2021

Detachment has also seen a reduction in domestic violence calls

(NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Crews from Bowerman Excavating Ltd. continue replacement of a fish ladder and renovation of the McLean Mill dam on April 16, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

McLean Mill dam work continues, despite botched tender process

Mill project progressing ‘on budget’ says special projects coordinator

Crews from Bowerman Excavating Ltd. continue replacement of a fish ladder and renovation of the McLean Mill dam on April 16, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Kobe Assam battles with Nanaimo Clippers defenceman Michael Palandra. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs bounce back with a weekend win against Clippers

Alberni Valley team is still holding onto second place in the Island Division standings

Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Kobe Assam battles with Nanaimo Clippers defenceman Michael Palandra. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Port Alberni collect garbage in the Scotiabank parking lot on Saturday, April 17 as part of a Community Clean Up. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni’s community street clean-up a success

Alberni Aquarium and Stewardship Centre plans ocean clean-up for April 24 and 25

Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Port Alberni collect garbage in the Scotiabank parking lot on Saturday, April 17 as part of a Community Clean Up. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)