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Port Alberni Fire Department member, Ryan Turner, holding the bike, with other Port Alberni firefighters, received a $500 donation from the Port Alberni Professional Firefighters Association to go towards his Ride to Conquer Cancer. KARLY BLATS PHOTO

Alberni Valley firefighter rides to conquer cancer

Ryan Turner will cycle 250 km from Vancouver to Seattle for cancer research

Port Alberni Fire Department member, Ryan Turner, holding the bike, with other Port Alberni firefighters, received a $500 donation from the Port Alberni Professional Firefighters Association to go towards his Ride to Conquer Cancer. KARLY BLATS PHOTO
Members of the Alberni Valley Drag Racing Association have been preparing the spectator area on Stamp Avenue in readiness for Thunder in the Valley this weekend. More bleachers went up this weekend. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Stamp Ave closures coming for drag races

Stamp Avenue will be closed from Thursday to Sunday, Aug, 10-13 for Thunder in the Valley

Members of the Alberni Valley Drag Racing Association have been preparing the spectator area on Stamp Avenue in readiness for Thunder in the Valley this weekend. More bleachers went up this weekend. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Entomologist Tracy Hueppelsheuser with the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture speaks with a Valley farmer about armyworms on Aug. 2. KARLY BLATS PHOTO

Armyworm infestation monitored with traps in Valley

Pheromone traps are used to monitor, not control, insects

Entomologist Tracy Hueppelsheuser with the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture speaks with a Valley farmer about armyworms on Aug. 2. KARLY BLATS PHOTO
A Port Alberni resident captures a photo of a bush fire in the Roger Creek Gully early Friday morning. FACEBOOK PHOTO

Valley firefighters continue to extinguish Roger Creek flames

Fire crews were called to a fire behind the Multiplex around 3:15 a.m. Friday

A Port Alberni resident captures a photo of a bush fire in the Roger Creek Gully early Friday morning. FACEBOOK PHOTO
Inmate David Blackmore still at large

Inmate David Blackmore still at large

Inmate David Blackmore, who escaped while at his mother’s funeral on Aug.1…

Inmate David Blackmore still at large
Port Alberni Fire Department and RCMP responded to a small brush fire on Franklin River Road around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3. KARLY BLATS PHOTO

Small bush fire could have sparked much bigger fire

The Franklin River Road fire appeared to be human caused and suspicious in nature

Port Alberni Fire Department and RCMP responded to a small brush fire on Franklin River Road around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3. KARLY BLATS PHOTO
Aviator Shades are headlining the Five Acre Shaker on Friday, August 11 on the main stage at 11:30 p.m. FACEBOOK PHOTO

Five Acre Shaker lands new home at McLean Mill

The Five Acre Productions event will ensue on the mill’s 32 acres from Aug. 10 to 13

Aviator Shades are headlining the Five Acre Shaker on Friday, August 11 on the main stage at 11:30 p.m. FACEBOOK PHOTO
Tlu-Piich Games promote family, health and sport

Tlu-Piich Games promote family, health and sport

The Games are a free event and are open to all participants of Aboriginal descent

Tlu-Piich Games promote family, health and sport
Five Acre Shaker lands new home at McLean Mill

Five Acre Shaker lands new home at McLean Mill

The Five Acre Productions event will ensue on the mill’s 37 acres from Aug. 10 to 13

Five Acre Shaker lands new home at McLean Mill
Rose Low-Dirocco, owner of Capelli Hair Design and its Victoria Quay building, has spearheaded a façade improvement of the whole building.                                 SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Victoria Quay commercial block gets facelift

Port Alberni business owner says colourful façade gets nod from tenants

Rose Low-Dirocco, owner of Capelli Hair Design and its Victoria Quay building, has spearheaded a façade improvement of the whole building.                                 SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Fraser begins work towards reconciliation as new minister

Fraser begins work towards reconciliation as new minister

Mid-Island MLA has been waiting for a seat in government for 12 years

Fraser begins work towards reconciliation as new minister
The Sproat Lake Regatta took place on July 15 and 16. KARLY BLATS PHOTO

Sproat Lake Regatta winners announced

This year, 27 participants singed up to race the quarter-mile long strip…

The Sproat Lake Regatta took place on July 15 and 16. KARLY BLATS PHOTO
China Creek Marina and Campground has implemented a rate increase for campers. KARLY BLATS PHOTO

Seasonal campers unhappy about rate increases, security at China Creek

A nine per cent increase has been implemented and a $55 storage fee

China Creek Marina and Campground has implemented a rate increase for campers. KARLY BLATS PHOTO
The heart/roots band Mapstone play Char’s Landing Tuesday, July 25 at 7 p.m. FACEBOOK PHOTO

Roots, reggae band honour elders with Canadian tour

Mapstone will interview elders while playing music across Canada

The heart/roots band Mapstone play Char’s Landing Tuesday, July 25 at 7 p.m. FACEBOOK PHOTO
Armyworms leveled one Valley farmer’s 10-acre farm in two days. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Armyworm mitigation explored for Valley farms

Ministry of Agriculture information sheet coming soon for producers

Armyworms leveled one Valley farmer’s 10-acre farm in two days. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Construction at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport has required re-construction of an access road to at the northwest end of the runway, and the cost will put the project $535,000 over budget. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Road construction at Alberni’s airport puts project over budget

Regional district scrambles to find $535K

Construction at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport has required re-construction of an access road to at the northwest end of the runway, and the cost will put the project $535,000 over budget. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Rosemary Lach and Robin Lowry dress in Regency Period clothing to be counted towards the Guinness Book of Records count at the Jane Austen Festival on Saturday, July 15. KARLY BLATS PHOTO

Jane Austen Fest draws nearly 300 to Port Alberni

Numbers weren’t enough to set Regency record

Rosemary Lach and Robin Lowry dress in Regency Period clothing to be counted towards the Guinness Book of Records count at the Jane Austen Festival on Saturday, July 15. KARLY BLATS PHOTO
Armyworms leveled one Valley farmer’s 10-acre famr in two days. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Pests ravaging Valley farms identified as armyworms

The Ministry of Agriculture positively ID’d the insects on Thursday

Armyworms leveled one Valley farmer’s 10-acre famr in two days. SUBMITTED PHOTO
The Sproat Lake regatta will bring boats of all sorts to the lake this weekend. FILE PHOTO

Engines to roar on Sproat Lake for annual regatta

From bathtubs to hundreds of horsepower, boats of all sorts will race on Sproat Lake this weekend

The Sproat Lake regatta will bring boats of all sorts to the lake this weekend. FILE PHOTO
Senior associate deputy minister of the department of national defence, Jody Thomas and PCU-WHS president Wolfgang Zimmerman, meet to discuss linking the Port Alberni university with the federal government.                                 KARLY BLATS PHOTO

Federal minister champions Alberni Valley university

University hopes spotlight will help its students

Senior associate deputy minister of the department of national defence, Jody Thomas and PCU-WHS president Wolfgang Zimmerman, meet to discuss linking the Port Alberni university with the federal government.                                 KARLY BLATS PHOTO