Elena Rardon

Kevin Grimes on his motorcycle. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni runner raising funds for friend after motorcycle crash

Dave Nesbitt attempted to run almost 100 kilometres

Kevin Grimes on his motorcycle. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
A judge examines an English cocker spaniel during Day 3 of the dog show at the Glenwood Centre in Port Alberni. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni goes to the dogs for 56th annual Dog Show

The dog show returned to the Glenwood Centre from Oct. 15-17

A judge examines an English cocker spaniel during Day 3 of the dog show at the Glenwood Centre in Port Alberni. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Kolten Brown of the U13 Alberni Valley Bulldogs battles with a Peninsula player during Monday’s gold medal game. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni’s U13 Bulldogs win gold in Thanksgiving hockey tournament

It was the first hockey tournament Port Alberni has hosted since COVID-19

Kolten Brown of the U13 Alberni Valley Bulldogs battles with a Peninsula player during Monday’s gold medal game. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Smoke from the burning of a slash pile at Elkview Estates could be seen from Castlegar Tuesday.

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District adopts new burning bylaws

Process has taken a few years, and final decision has been met with ‘mild’ resistance

Smoke from the burning of a slash pile at Elkview Estates could be seen from Castlegar Tuesday.
Port Alberni city council met in person on Oct. 12, 2021 for the first time in more than a year and a half. (ELENA RARDON./ ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni hires consultant to update its Official Community Plan

Officials say updated document will guide city through new development pressures

Port Alberni city council met in person on Oct. 12, 2021 for the first time in more than a year and a half. (ELENA RARDON./ ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Alice Sam, left, Graham Hughes and Lisa George (holding Hughes’ puppy Riot) volunteer at a nighttime ‘pop-up’ warming centre at a city-owned parking lot on Fourth Avenue, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. The temporary warming shelter included two propane firepits, food, warm drinks, Naloxone and hygiene kits. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

City of Port Alberni OKs outdoor warming centres this winter

Pop-up warming centres were successful in 2020, 2021

Alice Sam, left, Graham Hughes and Lisa George (holding Hughes’ puppy Riot) volunteer at a nighttime ‘pop-up’ warming centre at a city-owned parking lot on Fourth Avenue, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. The temporary warming shelter included two propane firepits, food, warm drinks, Naloxone and hygiene kits. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Devynn Holst won first prize at the Alberni District Fall Fair for her quilt. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Curiosity for quilting pays off for Port Alberni student in the form of a blue ribbon

‘Genius’ project at elementary school gave student time to learn a new skill

Devynn Holst won first prize at the Alberni District Fall Fair for her quilt. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
John Mayba and brought the region’s climate emergency into focus with a rally Sept. 8 in front of Port Alberni City Hall. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Survey shows concern for climate impact in Alberni Valley

Alberni Climate Action is a community group formed to work on local climate crisis issues

John Mayba and brought the region’s climate emergency into focus with a rally Sept. 8 in front of Port Alberni City Hall. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Racers take part in the wheel to wheel action on Sunday, Oct. 3. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Offroad racing roars back in Port Alberni

Races saw an almost two-year break due to COVID-19 restrictions

Racers take part in the wheel to wheel action on Sunday, Oct. 3. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Members of the public, city staff and consultants gather at the Echo Centre on Oct. 6 to discuss the proposed Connect the Quays pathway. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni seeks public input for $7.2M ‘Connect the Quays’ walkway proposal

Final public engagement session scheduled for Nov. 3. Online survey still open too

Members of the public, city staff and consultants gather at the Echo Centre on Oct. 6 to discuss the proposed Connect the Quays pathway. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Valley Vonka winners from left to right: Ike Dokter, Wendy Haas, Jim Doiron, Jensen Warson Castley and MaryLee Castley. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Second Valley Vonka fundraiser raises more than $5K for Literacy Alberni

The fundraiser was inspired by the Golden Ticket contest from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Valley Vonka winners from left to right: Ike Dokter, Wendy Haas, Jim Doiron, Jensen Warson Castley and MaryLee Castley. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Leona Horvath, branch manager for RBC, and Nicole Sendey of the Coulson Group of Companies stand in front of the newly-decorated windows on Third Avenue with the cheque that will be delivered to the winning business. (SONJA DRINKWATER / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Coulson Group offers window into Port Alberni non-profits

Windows of Hope contest draws attention to important community work

Leona Horvath, branch manager for RBC, and Nicole Sendey of the Coulson Group of Companies stand in front of the newly-decorated windows on Third Avenue with the cheque that will be delivered to the winning business. (SONJA DRINKWATER / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Gitxsan residential school survivors drum and dance before the march in Port Alberni on Sept. 30, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni walks for Truth and Reconciliation

Hundreds joined march to former Alberni Indian Residential School site

Gitxsan residential school survivors drum and dance before the march in Port Alberni on Sept. 30, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Chantal Lafontaine prepares to cut Taylor Pointon Huth’s hair. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni youth donates foot of hair to cancer wig program

She will be donating her hair to Angel Hair for Kids

Chantal Lafontaine prepares to cut Taylor Pointon Huth’s hair. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Nuu-chah-nulth Education Worker Aaron Watts leads Tsuma-as Elementary School students as they perform a Nuu-chah-nulth celebration song during the unveiling of Tsuma-as Elementary School’s new name. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Elementary school in Port Alberni given Nuu-chah-nulth name

Tsuma-as is the new name for the school formerly known as AW Neill

Nuu-chah-nulth Education Worker Aaron Watts leads Tsuma-as Elementary School students as they perform a Nuu-chah-nulth celebration song during the unveiling of Tsuma-as Elementary School’s new name. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Owen Ditzel and Michael Adamek of the Victoria Grizzlies square off in front of the net during a preseason BCHL game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on Monday, Sept. 20. (PHOTO COURTESY KAICEE TROTT)

BCHL: New faces take the ice during Alberni Valley Bulldogs preseason action

Port Alberni BCHL team has a 3-1 record in exhibition games so far

Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Owen Ditzel and Michael Adamek of the Victoria Grizzlies square off in front of the net during a preseason BCHL game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on Monday, Sept. 20. (PHOTO COURTESY KAICEE TROTT)
Various community organizations and emergency response crews took part in a Wildfire Training Exercise at the Gyro Centre on Wednesday, Sept. 15. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District seeks feedback for evacuation plan

No formal evacuation route plan exists for the Alberni Valley

Various community organizations and emergency response crews took part in a Wildfire Training Exercise at the Gyro Centre on Wednesday, Sept. 15. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Port Alberni Bombers goaltender Keelan Hondro keeps an eye on the puck during a Campbell River Storm powerplay on Sept. 22. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni Bombers still seek elusive first franchise win

‘Growing pains’ to be expected with new Jr. B franchise says hockey ops manager

Port Alberni Bombers goaltender Keelan Hondro keeps an eye on the puck during a Campbell River Storm powerplay on Sept. 22. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The 2021 Tour de Rock team rides up Johnston Road in Port Alberni on Sept. 25. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Smaller Tour de Rock team rides through Port Alberni for 2021

Cyclists visited honourary team members and collected donations for cancer research

The 2021 Tour de Rock team rides up Johnston Road in Port Alberni on Sept. 25. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
A vehicle plows through a mud puddle during off-roading action at Alberni Motorsports Park on Saturday, Sept. 18. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Rain makes for wet and muddy weekend at Alberni Motorsports Park

Another off-road racing event scheduled for Oct. 2 and 3

A vehicle plows through a mud puddle during off-roading action at Alberni Motorsports Park on Saturday, Sept. 18. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)