Susie Quinn

Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft Siyay picks up speed as it traverses the Somass River past Victoria Quay on its way from replacing navigational buoys on Sept. 15, 2021. The hovercraft, measuring 28.5 metres long by 12 metres wide, travelled from Richmond, B.C. around the bottom end of Vancouver Island to come up the Alberni Inlet. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Coast Guard hovercraft not a common sight in Port Alberni waters

29-metre CCGS Siyay made rare visit to Alberni Inlet

Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft Siyay picks up speed as it traverses the Somass River past Victoria Quay on its way from replacing navigational buoys on Sept. 15, 2021. The hovercraft, measuring 28.5 metres long by 12 metres wide, travelled from Richmond, B.C. around the bottom end of Vancouver Island to come up the Alberni Inlet. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Tugboats and pod dozers are an integral part of the forestry industry, despite the fact they are marine-based vessels. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

FORESTRY WEEK: Company performs a century of engineering feats

Canadian Maritime Engineering has built boats for forestry companies since pre-1920s

Tugboats and pod dozers are an integral part of the forestry industry, despite the fact they are marine-based vessels. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Crews working with the Alberni Valley Community Forest piled waste wood close to the roadside to provide easy access for the public to cut firewood. (PHOTO COURTESY AVCF)

FORESTRY WEEK: Alberni Valley Community Forest sees increased use

Trail system showcases biodiversity of Alberni Valley’s forests, AVCF practices

Crews working with the Alberni Valley Community Forest piled waste wood close to the roadside to provide easy access for the public to cut firewood. (PHOTO COURTESY AVCF)
Forestry volunteers explain the finer points of seedlings to students in Grades 4 and 5 during the 2017 National Forest Week field trip to McLean Mill National Historic Site. (KARLY BLATS/ AV News file photo)

FORESTRY WEEK: Forest renewal, sustainability are 2021’s lessons

Volunteers are bringing the woods to classrooms with interpretive activity kits

Forestry volunteers explain the finer points of seedlings to students in Grades 4 and 5 during the 2017 National Forest Week field trip to McLean Mill National Historic Site. (KARLY BLATS/ AV News file photo)
Firefighters Chris Baratto (Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Dept.), left, Anthony Selva (PAFD), Troy Dhillon (Beaver Creek VFD) and Ryan Devries (Cherry Creek VFD) are ready to fill their boots during the annual Muscular Dystrophy boot drive in Port Alberni Sept. 24–25, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Help Alberni Valley firefighters give Muscular Dystrophy the boot this weekend

Fire crews will be out in force Sept. 24–25 for the annual Fill the Boot campaign

Firefighters Chris Baratto (Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Dept.), left, Anthony Selva (PAFD), Troy Dhillon (Beaver Creek VFD) and Ryan Devries (Cherry Creek VFD) are ready to fill their boots during the annual Muscular Dystrophy boot drive in Port Alberni Sept. 24–25, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Klitsa Tutoring's Bruce Connell, right, guides staff member Dan Stokes through a math tutoring session. Klitsa Tutoring was able to keep its doors open during the pandemic thanks to some creative thinking. (PHOTO COURTESY LITERACY ALBERNI)
Klitsa Tutoring's Bruce Connell, right, guides staff member Dan Stokes through a math tutoring session. Klitsa Tutoring was able to keep its doors open during the pandemic thanks to some creative thinking. (PHOTO COURTESY LITERACY ALBERNI)
‘Road flooded’ signs in the 3500-block of Fourth Avenue caution drivers who are trying to get around in heavy rain on Sept. 17, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Heavy rainfall in Port Alberni came close to setting records

First real storm of September overwhelmed waterways in central Island city

‘Road flooded’ signs in the 3500-block of Fourth Avenue caution drivers who are trying to get around in heavy rain on Sept. 17, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Susan Farlinger (Liberal Party), Gord Johns (NDP Party) and Mary Lee (Conservative Party) answer questions from the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce. (SCREENSHOTS)

ELECTION 2021: Hear from Courtenay-Alberni candidates on election issues

Alberni chamber of commerce asks questions of three main party candidates

Susan Farlinger (Liberal Party), Gord Johns (NDP Party) and Mary Lee (Conservative Party) answer questions from the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce. (SCREENSHOTS)
‘Road flooded’ signs in the 3500-block of Fourth Avenue caution drivers who are trying to get around in heavy rain on Sept. 17, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Heavy rain causes flooding, road closures in Port Alberni

First real storm of September overwhelms waterways in central Island city

‘Road flooded’ signs in the 3500-block of Fourth Avenue caution drivers who are trying to get around in heavy rain on Sept. 17, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Jensen Warson Castley loves chocolate, and when he discovered the third and final golden ticket for 2021 in a Valley Vonka bar he was over the moon excited. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Final Valley Vonka ticket has been claimed for 2021

Winners will find out at the end of September which prize they won

Jensen Warson Castley loves chocolate, and when he discovered the third and final golden ticket for 2021 in a Valley Vonka bar he was over the moon excited. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Carver Tim Paul, left, talks with a collaborator prior to the ‘closing the eyes’ ceremony for n’aasn’aas?aqsa Aug. 13, 2021 at the Maritime Discovery Centre. The totem will be unveiled in its final resting place near Victoria Quay on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

New home for totem pole in Port Alberni

Language pole was a joint carving project

Carver Tim Paul, left, talks with a collaborator prior to the ‘closing the eyes’ ceremony for n’aasn’aas?aqsa Aug. 13, 2021 at the Maritime Discovery Centre. The totem will be unveiled in its final resting place near Victoria Quay on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Jim Doiron and Wendy Haas bought the last Valley Vonka bar at Coombs Country Candy on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 and it turned out to be a winner! They opened the milk chocolate bar to discover the second golden ticket of the 2021 fundraiser. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Second Valley Vonka golden ticket has been revealed

Who has the final winning ticket in the Alberni Valley’s literacy fundraiser?

Jim Doiron and Wendy Haas bought the last Valley Vonka bar at Coombs Country Candy on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 and it turned out to be a winner! They opened the milk chocolate bar to discover the second golden ticket of the 2021 fundraiser. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Byron Tait pitches for the Angels in the league opener for Senior Men’s Baseball Fall League at Lon Miles Field, Klitsa Park, on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. The Angels defeated the A’s 8–1 in the first game. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Senior men’s baseball league kicks off in Port Alberni

Fall ball league rides momentum of Over-55 Port Alberni Cubs

Byron Tait pitches for the Angels in the league opener for Senior Men’s Baseball Fall League at Lon Miles Field, Klitsa Park, on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. The Angels defeated the A’s 8–1 in the first game. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Christina Spence Proteau of Port Alberni, B.C. hoists the Canadian women’s Mid-Amateur Championship trophy after defeating Vancouver’s Nonie Marler in a sudden-death playoff, Sept. 2, 2021 in Bromont, Que. (BERNARD BRAULT/ Golf Canada)

Port Alberni golfer hits second stride with national mid-Amateur title

Win in Quebec was first national title for Christina Proteau in seven years

Christina Spence Proteau of Port Alberni, B.C. hoists the Canadian women’s Mid-Amateur Championship trophy after defeating Vancouver’s Nonie Marler in a sudden-death playoff, Sept. 2, 2021 in Bromont, Que. (BERNARD BRAULT/ Golf Canada)
Port Alberni Toy Run president David Wiwchar says the 2021 festivities will happen on Sept. 18–19, 2021, with the ride through the city on Saturday and the poker run for participants on Sunday. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni Toy Run returns Sept. 18 with modified look

Riders will be able to participate in more events for 2021 depending on health orders

Port Alberni Toy Run president David Wiwchar says the 2021 festivities will happen on Sept. 18–19, 2021, with the ride through the city on Saturday and the poker run for participants on Sunday. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Beaver Creek Volunteer Fire Department’s Engine 55 transports the late Capt. Rob Favel’s family away from a memorial service at Glenwood Centre while fellow Alberni Valley firefighters stand at attention, Sept. 11, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Alberni Valley firefighters hold line of duty memorial service for one of their own

28-year veteran from Beaver Creek Volunteer Fire Dept. died of cancer on July 1

Beaver Creek Volunteer Fire Department’s Engine 55 transports the late Capt. Rob Favel’s family away from a memorial service at Glenwood Centre while fellow Alberni Valley firefighters stand at attention, Sept. 11, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Enjoying a beverage on a restaurant patio in Port Alberni comes with some new COVID-19 conditions as of Sept. 13, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni businesses grapple with threats as new COVID-19 vaccine passports start

‘These things are beyond our control…there is no option to opt out.’

Enjoying a beverage on a restaurant patio in Port Alberni comes with some new COVID-19 conditions as of Sept. 13, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
The Beaver Creek Volunteer FIre Department is headquartered on Beaver Creek Road in Port Alberni, B.C. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Alberni Valley firefighters to honour fallen colleague with line of duty service

Temporary road closures near Glenwood Centre will accommodate Sept. 11 ceremony

The Beaver Creek Volunteer FIre Department is headquartered on Beaver Creek Road in Port Alberni, B.C. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
The 2021 Valley Vonka bars have been a hot commodity this month: the bars will have likely sold out by Sept. 11, 2021, just 11 days after they were launched. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Valley Vonka bars almost sold out in Port Alberni

Two golden tickets are still out there; first one has already been discovered

The 2021 Valley Vonka bars have been a hot commodity this month: the bars will have likely sold out by Sept. 11, 2021, just 11 days after they were launched. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Family, friends and supporters gathered for a quiet memorial behind the Port Alberni Friendship Center on Sept. 1, 2021 to remember Russell Seeber, whose life ended tragically at the same location a few days earlier. A cross has been erected as a physical memorial. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Friends, family remember Port Alberni’s Russell Seeber as ‘lost soul,’ ‘helpful man’

Advocates say Seeber’s death underlines need for 24-hour crisis response

Family, friends and supporters gathered for a quiet memorial behind the Port Alberni Friendship Center on Sept. 1, 2021 to remember Russell Seeber, whose life ended tragically at the same location a few days earlier. A cross has been erected as a physical memorial. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)