Susie Quinn

West Coast General Hospital in Port Alberni received some good news about an expansion to its emergency department on Jan. 15, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

B.C. health ministry commits $6.25M to hospital expansion in Port Alberni

Plans for larger emergency department have been on hold since 2015

West Coast General Hospital in Port Alberni received some good news about an expansion to its emergency department on Jan. 15, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Melissa Martin from the Rollin Art Centre holds two paintings from the Rollin Art Centre’s permanent collection: an original portrait painted by the late Robert Aller, and a mixed media piece called ‘House’ from Peggy Larson that was part of Aller’s private collection. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Rollin Art Centre puts permanent collection on display

Works from Robert Aller, Arthur Lismer, Norval Morrisseau to be featured

Melissa Martin from the Rollin Art Centre holds two paintings from the Rollin Art Centre’s permanent collection: an original portrait painted by the late Robert Aller, and a mixed media piece called ‘House’ from Peggy Larson that was part of Aller’s private collection. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
The mystery of the Sun Editorial door at the Alberni Valley News office on Napier Street has been solved. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

QUINN’S QUIPS: The mysterious tale of the glass Sun door

Or how a small team from Port Alberni pillaged the old Sun building

The mystery of the Sun Editorial door at the Alberni Valley News office on Napier Street has been solved. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The Beaver Creek Fire Hall, located on Beaver Creek Road. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Man faces multiple charges in Beaver Creek firehall break-in

Accused was seen driving a fire vehicle, wearing emergency gear

The Beaver Creek Fire Hall, located on Beaver Creek Road. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Reverend Brenda Nestegaard Paul is pastor at Trinity Anglican/ Lutheran Church in Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Faith leaders voice opposition to churches defying COVID-19 restrictions

‘The church is not just a building,’ says one Vancouver Island pastor

Reverend Brenda Nestegaard Paul is pastor at Trinity Anglican/ Lutheran Church in Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The School District 70 administration office in Port Alberni. AV NEWS FILE PHOTO

School District 70 PACs receive gaming grants

Parent advisory councils in School District 70 Pacific Rim will receive provincial…

The School District 70 administration office in Port Alberni. AV NEWS FILE PHOTO
Monica Odenwald, cuddling one of her cats that survived a house fire, has a lot to be thankful for despite losing almost everything in 2020 to the fire. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Woman finds silver lining to 2020

She lost almost everything in a house fire, except perspective

Monica Odenwald, cuddling one of her cats that survived a house fire, has a lot to be thankful for despite losing almost everything in 2020 to the fire. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Marc Bodin is general manager of Paper Excellence Canada’s paper mill in Port Alberni. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni paper mill capitalizes on convenience food trend

Diversification was needed for the mill to thrive, says G.M.

Marc Bodin is general manager of Paper Excellence Canada’s paper mill in Port Alberni. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Alberni Valley Lions Club auction chair George Smith, centre, and fellow Lions donate $5,000 from proceeds of the 2020 auction to Capt. Michael Ramsay, left, of the Salvation Army and John Edmondon from Bread of Life Society for the COVID-19 response team. (Dec. 2, 2020) (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Alberni Valley Lions Club auction chair George Smith, centre, and fellow Lions donate $5,000 from proceeds of the 2020 auction to Capt. Michael Ramsay, left, of the Salvation Army and John Edmondon from Bread of Life Society for the COVID-19 response team. (Dec. 2, 2020) (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Firefighters respond to a fire at the Paper Excellence mill on Stamp Avenue on Jan. 4. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Paper machine catches fire at Vancouver Island mill

No one was hurt in fire, says company’s general manager

Firefighters respond to a fire at the Paper Excellence mill on Stamp Avenue on Jan. 4. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Firefighters respond to a fire at the Paper Excellence mill on Stamp Avenue on Jan. 4. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Paper machine catches fire at Paper Excellence Canada’s Alberni mill

No one was hurt in fire, says company’s general manager

Firefighters respond to a fire at the Paper Excellence mill on Stamp Avenue on Jan. 4. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Katie Kelly, left, and Dean Williams from KidSport and Port Alberni Fire Dept. members Cail Low and Andre Guerin collect dozens of used Christmas trees for donation to KidSport on Jan. 2, 2021. Donations will help Alberni Valley kids participate in sports, while the trees will be chipped and used as mulch in the city’s parks and recreation areas. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Dozens of Christmas trees collected for chipping

Donations will help KidSport in Port Alberni

Katie Kelly, left, and Dean Williams from KidSport and Port Alberni Fire Dept. members Cail Low and Andre Guerin collect dozens of used Christmas trees for donation to KidSport on Jan. 2, 2021. Donations will help Alberni Valley kids participate in sports, while the trees will be chipped and used as mulch in the city’s parks and recreation areas. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Port Alberni Fire Department respond to a structure fire in the 3700-block of Sixth Avenue Jan. 3, 2021 that sent one occupant of the home to hospital with undetermined injuries. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

One person sent to hospital after house fire on Vancouver Island

Port Alberni Fire Department knocked the blaze down quickly

Port Alberni Fire Department respond to a structure fire in the 3700-block of Sixth Avenue Jan. 3, 2021 that sent one occupant of the home to hospital with undetermined injuries. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Two cooks stand at the ready in a camp kitchen at either Franklin Division or Great Central Lake, sometime between 1946-1956. Written on the back of the photograph is “Part of the kitchen, the head cook is in the foreground. It is always spotless.” This photo is one of 24,000 in the Alberni Valley Museum’s online archives, accessible by the public at https://portalberni.pastperfectonline.com. (PHOTO PN07465 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)

LOOK BACK: Logging camp cookhouses

Take a peek at Alberni Valley history with the Alberni Valley Museum

Two cooks stand at the ready in a camp kitchen at either Franklin Division or Great Central Lake, sometime between 1946-1956. Written on the back of the photograph is “Part of the kitchen, the head cook is in the foreground. It is always spotless.” This photo is one of 24,000 in the Alberni Valley Museum’s online archives, accessible by the public at https://portalberni.pastperfectonline.com. (PHOTO PN07465 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)
Literacy Alberni instructors Lance Boer, Rebecca Dixon and Nicole Haggard meet online prior to the start of a new web designers’ program on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Training for careers in web design offered in Port Alberni

Literacy Alberni earns $340K grant to teach new programs

Literacy Alberni instructors Lance Boer, Rebecca Dixon and Nicole Haggard meet online prior to the start of a new web designers’ program on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Clark Power, left, talks to residents of Wintergreen Apartments and trailers as he hands out clothing and hand warmers from LB Woodchoppers on Dec. 15, 2020. Power accompanied Mark Braunagel to the Fourth Avenue location as part of Braunagel’s work. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Clark Power, left, talks to residents of Wintergreen Apartments and trailers as he hands out clothing and hand warmers from LB Woodchoppers on Dec. 15, 2020. Power accompanied Mark Braunagel to the Fourth Avenue location as part of Braunagel’s work. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
A tree leaves a gaping hole in the roof of a trailer at Mountain View Trailer Park in Port Alberni after a storm on Nov. 17, 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY CHERRY CREEK VFD)

Couple recovers after tree crashes into Alberni Valley home

‘There is a silver lining to our misfortune’

A tree leaves a gaping hole in the roof of a trailer at Mountain View Trailer Park in Port Alberni after a storm on Nov. 17, 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY CHERRY CREEK VFD)
An organizer displays a naloxone kit that people can pick up for free<ins> as International Overdose Awareness Day training seminar takes place at Centennial Square in Victoria, B.C., on Saturday August 31, 2019</ins>. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

QUINN’S QUIPS: Happy endings are hard to find

Homelessness and addiction make for vicious cycle

An organizer displays a naloxone kit that people can pick up for free<ins> as International Overdose Awareness Day training seminar takes place at Centennial Square in Victoria, B.C., on Saturday August 31, 2019</ins>. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Firefighters Rob Favel, left, from Beaver Creek VFD, Wendy Stander from Sproat Lake VFD and Lt. Ryan Devries from Cherry Creek VFD accept 75 teddy bears from Port Alberni Toy Run members Robin Klatt, second from left, and Greg Philpott, second from right. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Rural fire departments receive Port Alberni Toy Run teddy bears

Bears were purchased and donated back by supporters

Firefighters Rob Favel, left, from Beaver Creek VFD, Wendy Stander from Sproat Lake VFD and Lt. Ryan Devries from Cherry Creek VFD accept 75 teddy bears from Port Alberni Toy Run members Robin Klatt, second from left, and Greg Philpott, second from right. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Hilda and Mike Hanson of Port Alberni, their four children and an unnamed guest pose for a family Christmas photo circa 1960s. This photo is one of 24,000 in the Alberni Valley Museum’s digital archives, at https://portalberni.pastperfectonline.com. (PHOTO PN03253 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)

A LOOK BACK: Christmas in the Alberni Valley

Take a peek into history with the Alberni Valley Museum

Hilda and Mike Hanson of Port Alberni, their four children and an unnamed guest pose for a family Christmas photo circa 1960s. This photo is one of 24,000 in the Alberni Valley Museum’s digital archives, at https://portalberni.pastperfectonline.com. (PHOTO PN03253 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)