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Port Alberni Bombers head coach Gaelen Patterson chats with prospective players during an ID Camp at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on July 20, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

VIJHL: Port Alberni Bombers get first glimpse at players prior to inaugural season

Player identification camp drew primarily Vancouver Island players

Port Alberni Bombers head coach Gaelen Patterson chats with prospective players during an ID Camp at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on July 20, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Neil Clement, president of the Beaver Creek Community Club, stands in the newly-renovated kitchen at the hall on Beaver Creek Road. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Beaver Creek Community Club looking for new members

Club is applying for accessibility improvements to Beaver Creek Hall

Neil Clement, president of the Beaver Creek Community Club, stands in the newly-renovated kitchen at the hall on Beaver Creek Road. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
A female varsity player fires a shot on goal during a game at West Coast Hockey Prep Camp in Port Alberni on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Hockey prep camp draws hundreds of young athletes to Port Alberni

Alberni Valley Multiplex open to spectators

A female varsity player fires a shot on goal during a game at West Coast Hockey Prep Camp in Port Alberni on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Mike Slaco, owner of Electron Metalworks, works on a large-scale piece of Tseshaht First Nation-designed artwork that will be incorporated into the side of the Harbour Quay Clocktower once it is refurbished. Slaco is working with the City of Port Alberni on the project. (RACHEL THEUS PHOTO)

Central Island city applies for grants as cost to repair iconic clock tower grow

Port Alberni’s new plan is to replace clock with metal-panelled ‘story tower’

Mike Slaco, owner of Electron Metalworks, works on a large-scale piece of Tseshaht First Nation-designed artwork that will be incorporated into the side of the Harbour Quay Clocktower once it is refurbished. Slaco is working with the City of Port Alberni on the project. (RACHEL THEUS PHOTO)
Museum assistant Amy Vandal unwraps a set of traditional tattoo needles as part of a new exhibit at the Alberni Valley Museum. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Alberni Museum explores Indigenous tattoos in new exhibit

Body Language exhibit runs until December 2021

Museum assistant Amy Vandal unwraps a set of traditional tattoo needles as part of a new exhibit at the Alberni Valley Museum. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
BC Grassroots Rugby coach Gavin Purewal leads young rugby players in a drill at the Black Sheep Rugby Club on Monday, July 12. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Grassroots rugby for kids coming to Port Alberni this summer

Camps will be hosted at the Port Alberni Black Sheep Rugby Club’s pitch

BC Grassroots Rugby coach Gavin Purewal leads young rugby players in a drill at the Black Sheep Rugby Club on Monday, July 12. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Students make a “tiny home” sign with their hands as part of the Tiny Home Challenge at John Paul II Catholic School. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni school hosts pilot tiny homes competition

Competition had help from hosts of Netflix series Tiny House Nation

Students make a “tiny home” sign with their hands as part of the Tiny Home Challenge at John Paul II Catholic School. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Consultant Julie Case presents her marketplace review of mayor and council’s salaries to Port Alberni city council on July 12. (SCREENSHOT)

Port Alberni city council votes on pay raise for next council

Changes won’t become effective until the year after election

Consultant Julie Case presents her marketplace review of mayor and council’s salaries to Port Alberni city council on July 12. (SCREENSHOT)
A crew from the Port Alberni Fire Department extinguishes a fire in a flower bed at Victoria Quay on Sunday, July 11. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni Fire Department douses multiple outdoor fires again

Second week in a row for multiple fire calls

A crew from the Port Alberni Fire Department extinguishes a fire in a flower bed at Victoria Quay on Sunday, July 11. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Firefighters in the Alberni Valley are concerned about the elevated fire danger during the heat wave. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

No formal wildfire evacuation plan exists yet for Alberni Valley

City, ACRD, First Nations planning evacuation routes, process for region

Firefighters in the Alberni Valley are concerned about the elevated fire danger during the heat wave. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
A painting by Susan Schaefer. Schaefer will host a painting workshop at the Rollin Art Centre on July 24, 2021. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

ARTS AROUND: Learn to paint with summer art workshop at Rollin Art Centre

Artist Susan Schaefer will be in Port Alberni on July 24

A painting by Susan Schaefer. Schaefer will host a painting workshop at the Rollin Art Centre on July 24, 2021. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Fresh out of the paint shop sporting its new livery, a Sikorsky S-61 helicopter owned by Coulson Aviation leaves California to help fight wildfires in British Columbia. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

Coulson Aviation signs contract to fight fires in B.C.

Water-bombing helicopter currently stationed near Kamloops

Fresh out of the paint shop sporting its new livery, a Sikorsky S-61 helicopter owned by Coulson Aviation leaves California to help fight wildfires in British Columbia. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Port Alberni Fire Department responds to a fire in Roger Creek Park off the Scott Kenny Trail on Sunday, July 4. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni Fire Department battles six outdoor fires in one day

The Port Alberni Fire Department battled six outdoor fires in one day…

Port Alberni Fire Department responds to a fire in Roger Creek Park off the Scott Kenny Trail on Sunday, July 4. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Some of the RVs parked at Hollies Executive Golf Course on the Alberni Highway. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Too many RVs puts executive golf course in Port Alberni in hot water

Hollies temporary RV use permit lapsed during pandemic, owner apologizes

Some of the RVs parked at Hollies Executive Golf Course on the Alberni Highway. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
A sheriff’s car sits out front of the Capitol Theatre on Argyle Street in Port Alberni, where a coroner’s inquest into the 2016 death of 18-year-old Jocelyn George is taking place. (June 23, 2021) (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Coroner’s inquest suggests creation of wellness centre in Port Alberni

Recommendation one of 24 made after B.C. teen’s death in 2016

A sheriff’s car sits out front of the Capitol Theatre on Argyle Street in Port Alberni, where a coroner’s inquest into the 2016 death of 18-year-old Jocelyn George is taking place. (June 23, 2021) (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
An aerial firefighting helicopter with a Bambi Bucket can be seen dropping water on a localized spot of the Cherry Creek fire off Clayton Road, Monday night. (TONY SHUMUK/ Special to the AV News)

UPDATE: Firefighters work to extinguish Cherry Creek wildfire

Crews worked throughout the night to stop spread of the fire

An aerial firefighting helicopter with a Bambi Bucket can be seen dropping water on a localized spot of the Cherry Creek fire off Clayton Road, Monday night. (TONY SHUMUK/ Special to the AV News)
An aerial firefighting helicopter with a Bambi Bucket can be seen dropping water on a localized spot of the Cherry Creek fire off Clayton Road, Monday night. (TONY SHUMUK/ Special to the AV News)

UPDATE: Firefighters work to extinguish Cherry Creek wildfire

Crews worked throughout the night to stop spread of the fire

An aerial firefighting helicopter with a Bambi Bucket can be seen dropping water on a localized spot of the Cherry Creek fire off Clayton Road, Monday night. (TONY SHUMUK/ Special to the AV News)
Kids cool down from the heat at the water park at Roger Creek Park. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Cooling stations, spray parks open during Port Alberni heat wave

Extreme heat warning issued by Environment Canada

Kids cool down from the heat at the water park at Roger Creek Park. ELENA RARDON PHOTO
Port Alberni’s RCMP station on Morton Street. (GOOGLE EARTH PHOTO)

Guards’ timelines show gaps in care of jailed B.C. teen

Former RCMP OIC brought in change following Jocelyn George’s death

Port Alberni’s RCMP station on Morton Street. (GOOGLE EARTH PHOTO)
Tricia McAuley (far right) stands with her former students and a pair of cheques that will be delivered to the Salvation Army and the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Students at an Alberni school raise funds through craft fair

EJ Dunn classmates originally held fundraiser for wildfire relief in Australia

Tricia McAuley (far right) stands with her former students and a pair of cheques that will be delivered to the Salvation Army and the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)