Karly Blats

The Town of Ladysmith and the Stz’uminus First Nation cohosted Aboriginal Day celebrations at Ladysmith’s Transfer Beach park last June — an example of how ties have tightened between local governments in the two communities. Mike Gregory/Ladysmith Chronicle

‘I would like to acknowledge we are on the territory of First Nations’

Reconciliation, tradition behind practice now becoming common across Vancouver Island

The Town of Ladysmith and the Stz’uminus First Nation cohosted Aboriginal Day celebrations at Ladysmith’s Transfer Beach park last June — an example of how ties have tightened between local governments in the two communities. Mike Gregory/Ladysmith Chronicle
The proposed Kwispaa LNG facility at Sarita Bay on the Island’s West Coast could be fed by a pipeline travelling across Georgia Strait and Vancouver Island from the northwest corner of the province. Steelhead LNG photo

Potential route examined for pipeline feeding Kwispaa LNG facility near Sarita Bay

Corridor could travel from Northeastern B.C. across the Island

The proposed Kwispaa LNG facility at Sarita Bay on the Island’s West Coast could be fed by a pipeline travelling across Georgia Strait and Vancouver Island from the northwest corner of the province. Steelhead LNG photo
Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser speaks to a crowd near Loon Lake last February during a rally to protest a lack of provincial legislation for the forest lands surrounding the Alberni Valley. Elena Rardon photo

Solutions discussed for backcountry access issues in Alberni

The public will have the chance to discuss solutions at a future meeting

Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser speaks to a crowd near Loon Lake last February during a rally to protest a lack of provincial legislation for the forest lands surrounding the Alberni Valley. Elena Rardon photo
Warren Lee, right, practices jiu-jitsu moves with his 17-year-old son Carter in his Third Avenue academy. KARLY BLATS PHOTO

Alberni’s Warren Lee earns Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt

Lee is one of only four people in Canada to have received a black belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Warren Lee, right, practices jiu-jitsu moves with his 17-year-old son Carter in his Third Avenue academy. KARLY BLATS PHOTO
Canadian Maritime Engineering crew members pull the 85-foot catamaran out of the building at APD mill and flip it right side up using a crane on Jan. 23.                                 PHOTO COURTESY SIMON HILL

Alberni company builds their largest vessel yet

Canadian Maritime Engineering is building an 85-foot aluminum catamaran for a Prince Rupert company

Canadian Maritime Engineering crew members pull the 85-foot catamaran out of the building at APD mill and flip it right side up using a crane on Jan. 23.                                 PHOTO COURTESY SIMON HILL
Good food, fine wine and some intimate conversation: romance is is good for you, according to a Vancouver Island couples’ therapist. Image: Facebook/Quails’ Gate Estate Winery

Romance is more than fun, it’s good for you

Find out not just how to keep those Valentine’s Day fires burning, but why

Good food, fine wine and some intimate conversation: romance is is good for you, according to a Vancouver Island couples’ therapist. Image: Facebook/Quails’ Gate Estate Winery
Teal Harle, left, and his Dad Shane after winning another gold at the Big Air competition in Apex in 2014. FACEBOOK PHOTO

Proud parents cheer on Island-raised athletes at Winter Olympics

Parents remember their kids as young athletes before the Olympics

Teal Harle, left, and his Dad Shane after winning another gold at the Big Air competition in Apex in 2014. FACEBOOK PHOTO
Five Islanders carrying Canadian colours in the Winter Olympics

Five Islanders carrying Canadian colours in the Winter Olympics

Brenneman, Tandy, Harle, O’Brien and Sharpe five names to watch

Five Islanders carrying Canadian colours in the Winter Olympics
LIV: Wedding talent takes the cake in Port Alberni bakeries

LIV: Wedding talent takes the cake in Port Alberni bakeries

Port Alberni couples looking for a wedding cake don’t have to go far.

LIV: Wedding talent takes the cake in Port Alberni bakeries
Lance Dobosz has been charged with several sexual offences involving minors. Facebook photo

Port Alberni man charged with sexual offences involving minors

Lance Dobosz, 41, has been released on bail following numerous sexual offence charges

Lance Dobosz has been charged with several sexual offences involving minors. Facebook photo
Tsunami sirens should be louder: Port Alberni resident

Tsunami sirens should be louder: Port Alberni resident

Grabbing the kids and heading to higher ground was Port Alberni resident…

Tsunami sirens should be louder: Port Alberni resident
The City of Port Alberni posted to their Facebook page at 4:39 a.m. on Tuesday to let the public know the tsunami warning had been cancelled.

City of Port Alberni “dropped the ball” in communicating tsunami warning on social media

Officials will look at how to better communicate emergencies to the public online

The City of Port Alberni posted to their Facebook page at 4:39 a.m. on Tuesday to let the public know the tsunami warning had been cancelled.
Fifty five rooms were evacuated early Tuesday morning following a tsunami warning. File photo

Tsunami warning prompts Alberni’s Best Western Barclay hotel to evacuate 55 rooms

Guests were evacuated to the Alberni Valley Multiplex early Tuesday morning

Fifty five rooms were evacuated early Tuesday morning following a tsunami warning. File photo
Black Press file photo                                All BC Ferries vessels and terminals will be smoke-free environments starting Monday, Jan. 22

Smoking ban arrives on BC Ferries

No crackdown, just education as BC Ferries enacts smoking ban

Black Press file photo                                All BC Ferries vessels and terminals will be smoke-free environments starting Monday, Jan. 22
Artist Samm Moore with a piece of pyrography. SUBMITTED PHOTO

B.C. artist depicts wildlife, nature through wood burning

Growing up on Vancouver Island, artist Samm Moore creates pieces inspired by the world around her

Artist Samm Moore with a piece of pyrography. SUBMITTED PHOTO
#MeToo at work: How reporting sexual harassment works – and how it doesn’t

#MeToo at work: How reporting sexual harassment works – and how it doesn’t

British Columbians have four options to report harassment or assault, but none of them are easy

#MeToo at work: How reporting sexual harassment works – and how it doesn’t
Emergency crews prepare to pull up a person that fell down an embankment at Roger Creek on Tuesday, Dec. 12. KARLY BLATS PHOTO

Two adults rescued after falling down embankment at Roger Creek

Emergency crews responded to the call around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday

Emergency crews prepare to pull up a person that fell down an embankment at Roger Creek on Tuesday, Dec. 12. KARLY BLATS PHOTO
Filming for Witness took place around the Alberni Valley over four days. PHOTO COURTESY SUSAN ROTH

WATCH: Educational video for victims of crime launches

After more than a year of planning, Witness is now available online

Filming for Witness took place around the Alberni Valley over four days. PHOTO COURTESY SUSAN ROTH
LETTER: Horgan should research before announcing

LETTER: Horgan should research before announcing

To the editor, On Tuesday, Nov. 21, the governor of Washington state,…

LETTER: Horgan should research before announcing
The Alberni Valley Regional Airport is temporarily closed due to flooding. ALBERNI FILE PHOTO

Alberni Valley Regional Airport closed due to flooding

Airport estimated to reopen in two to three days

The Alberni Valley Regional Airport is temporarily closed due to flooding. ALBERNI FILE PHOTO