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Carrie Nahorney will be running the AV Learning Lab Preschool opening in September. KARLY BLATS PHOTO

New preschool opens at Early Years Centre

The AV Learning Lab Preschool will run three days a week for children ag three to five

Carrie Nahorney will be running the AV Learning Lab Preschool opening in September. KARLY BLATS PHOTO
Day three of filming ensues in the Alberni Valley for the film Witness. SUSAN ROTH PHOTO

Educational film for victims of crime begins filming

Filming has begun for an educational video for victims of crime, called…

Day three of filming ensues in the Alberni Valley for the film Witness. SUSAN ROTH PHOTO
Brad Prevedoros will bring songs from his new album, The Galiano Sessions, to Char’s Landing on Saturday, Sept. 2. SUBMITTED PHOTO                                Brad Prevedoros will bring songs from his new album, The Galiano Sessions, to Char’s Landing on Saturday, Sept. 2. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Instrumentalist Brad Prevedoros brings new album to Char’s

Instrumentalist Brad Prevedoros will bring tunes from his new album, The Galiano…

Brad Prevedoros will bring songs from his new album, The Galiano Sessions, to Char’s Landing on Saturday, Sept. 2. SUBMITTED PHOTO                                Brad Prevedoros will bring songs from his new album, The Galiano Sessions, to Char’s Landing on Saturday, Sept. 2. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Port Alberni’s Darren DeLuca spent about 62 per cent more than opponent Scott Fraser in May’s election. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Mid Island-Pacific Rim Liberal candidate spent most on election

Elections BC releases candidate spending

Port Alberni’s Darren DeLuca spent about 62 per cent more than opponent Scott Fraser in May’s election. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Crews are fighting a one hectare fire at Great Central Lake. FACEBOOK PHOTO/JUDY LEROUX

UPDATE: Great Central Lake fire 30 per cent contained

Crews continue to battle a one hectare fire near Great Central Lake

Crews are fighting a one hectare fire at Great Central Lake. FACEBOOK PHOTO/JUDY LEROUX
An air tanker drops water on a fire on the north side of Great Central Lake on Friday, Aug.18. FACEBOOK PHOTO/STAR PORTER

Great Central Lake fire 30 per cent contained

Crews continue to battle a one hectare fire that broke out on…

An air tanker drops water on a fire on the north side of Great Central Lake on Friday, Aug.18. FACEBOOK PHOTO/STAR PORTER
A young skater drops in on the mini ramp at Ramp Camp for Kids held at Arrowvale Farm and Campground. KARLY BLATS PHOTO

Young skaters hone skills at ramp camp

The fifth annual Ramp Camp for Kids kicked of on Saturday, Aug.…

A young skater drops in on the mini ramp at Ramp Camp for Kids held at Arrowvale Farm and Campground. KARLY BLATS PHOTO
A cat found near Cathedral Grove has been identified by it’s owner. KARLY BLATS PHOTO

Cathedral Grove cat reunited with owner

After spending close to two months in the wild, a calico cat has been identified by it’s owner

A cat found near Cathedral Grove has been identified by it’s owner. KARLY BLATS PHOTO
A 0.3 hectare fire burning at Great Central Lake. FACEBOOK PHOTO
A 0.3 hectare fire burning at Great Central Lake. FACEBOOK PHOTO
A 0.3 hectare fire burning at Great Central Lake. FACEBOOK PHOTO
A 0.3 hectare fire burning at Great Central Lake. FACEBOOK PHOTO
Fire destroys structures in the small town of Loon Lake near Clinton, B.C. PHOTO COURTESY RICK GEDDES

Alberni firefighters assist in fire ravaged Interior, gain valuable skills

Rick Geddes and Lucas Banton continue to fight fires near Clinton, B.C.

Fire destroys structures in the small town of Loon Lake near Clinton, B.C. PHOTO COURTESY RICK GEDDES
KARLY BLATS PHOTO                                Marilyn, the approximately nine-year-old calico cat, has been brought safely to the Port Alberni SPCA after living near Cathedral Grove for at least a month.

Cathedral Grove cat safe at SPCA

A nine-year-old calico cat had been living near the grove for at least a month

KARLY BLATS PHOTO                                Marilyn, the approximately nine-year-old calico cat, has been brought safely to the Port Alberni SPCA after living near Cathedral Grove for at least a month.
Update: 67-year-old Alberta man dies after suspected drowning in Port Alberni hotel pool
Update: 67-year-old Alberta man dies after suspected drowning in Port Alberni hotel pool
Update: Alberta man dies after suspected drowning in Port Alberni hotel pool

Update: Alberta man dies after suspected drowning in Port Alberni hotel pool

The BC Coroners Service are investigating the death

Update: Alberta man dies after suspected drowning in Port Alberni hotel pool
Rio Samaya Band will be performing at Char’s Landing on Thursday, Aug. 24. SUBMITTED PHOTO

South American influenced duo play Char’s

Rio Samaya, aka Pancho and Sal, will bring their live show to Port Alberni Thursday, Aug. 24

Rio Samaya Band will be performing at Char’s Landing on Thursday, Aug. 24. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Farmer Wayne Smith harvests grain with his self-propelled grain combine on a Cherry Creek Farm. KARLY BLATS PHOTO

Cherry Creek farm used for grain production

Harvested grain will be sold to bakeries and other companies on Vancouver Island

Farmer Wayne Smith harvests grain with his self-propelled grain combine on a Cherry Creek Farm. KARLY BLATS PHOTO
Roger Haggerty, long-time Thunder in the Valley volunteer and racer, heads to the start line to race down Stamp Avenue. KARLY BLATS PHOTO

Slideshow: Thunder on Stamp

Thunder in the Valley drag races are happening for the second year…

Roger Haggerty, long-time Thunder in the Valley volunteer and racer, heads to the start line to race down Stamp Avenue. KARLY BLATS PHOTO
Gord Johns, right, MP for Courtenay Alberni, Sheena Falconer, second from right, of West Coast Aquatic and Tawney Lem, left, of West Coast Aquatic, take Terry Beech, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans for a boat ride on the Alberni Inlet after a meeting discussing salmon enhancement in the Alberni Valley. KARLY BLATS PHOTO

Aquatic funding, restoration for Valley discussed

Government officials met with Valley First Nations, stakeholders to hear fish concerns

Gord Johns, right, MP for Courtenay Alberni, Sheena Falconer, second from right, of West Coast Aquatic and Tawney Lem, left, of West Coast Aquatic, take Terry Beech, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans for a boat ride on the Alberni Inlet after a meeting discussing salmon enhancement in the Alberni Valley. KARLY BLATS PHOTO
STOCK PHOTO                                With bears starting to show up more, conservation officers remind residents to lock up attractants.

Residents urged to secure bear attractants

It’s that time of year when bears are starting to show up more

STOCK PHOTO                                With bears starting to show up more, conservation officers remind residents to lock up attractants.
Victoria-based The Half Moon Shine will play Char’s on Friday, Aug. 11. SUBMITTED PHOTO

All-female western/rock band play Char’s

Victoria-based The Half Moon Shine will be stopping in Port Alberni Friday, Aug. 11.

Victoria-based The Half Moon Shine will play Char’s on Friday, Aug. 11. SUBMITTED PHOTO