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Construction workers prepare the site of what will become a 40,000-square-foot warehouse at the San Group remanufacturing plant site, behind the dirt berm on Stamp Avenue. (July 23, 2020) (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

San Group preps Port Alberni remanufacturing site for warehouses

Buildings will be used to store finished lumber right out of the kilns until they can be shipped

Construction workers prepare the site of what will become a 40,000-square-foot warehouse at the San Group remanufacturing plant site, behind the dirt berm on Stamp Avenue. (July 23, 2020) (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Quinn Sayers at his booth. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

BIZ BEAT: Alberni businesses moving forward during COVID-19

Young entrepreneur starts up t-shirt sales

  • Aug 19, 2020
Quinn Sayers at his booth. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
A new, one-stop resource has been launched to help North Island College students prepare for digital and blended learning for the upcoming academic year. (PHOTO COURTESY NIC)

North Island College offers resources for students learning online

College will hold a ‘virtual orientation’ this week

A new, one-stop resource has been launched to help North Island College students prepare for digital and blended learning for the upcoming academic year. (PHOTO COURTESY NIC)
Bill Collette, second from left, of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce congratulates Cydney Pedersen, Archie Cardinal and Darien Edgeler of DBA Silencing on receiving one of 62 grants from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to assist the business after the coronavirus pandemic. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni company earns $10,000 grant from Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Company produces specialized equipment for large-scale mining, logging machinery

Bill Collette, second from left, of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce congratulates Cydney Pedersen, Archie Cardinal and Darien Edgeler of DBA Silencing on receiving one of 62 grants from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to assist the business after the coronavirus pandemic. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Jennifer Norn, owner of Jowsey’s Furniture, presents a cheque for $2,010 to Capt. Michael Ramsay of the Salvation Army. (TERESA BIRD / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

BIZ BEAT: Port Alberni businesses continue to give back to the community

See what businesses are starting up, moving and renovating

  • Jul 15, 2020
Jennifer Norn, owner of Jowsey’s Furniture, presents a cheque for $2,010 to Capt. Michael Ramsay of the Salvation Army. (TERESA BIRD / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Construction of the food hub in the former Port Fish plant on May 22, 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY PAPA)
Construction of the food hub in the former Port Fish plant on May 22, 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY PAPA)
The Priestley family has put their resort at Ucluelet’s tranquil Terrace Beach on the market. (Nora O’Malley photo)

TV star’s family selling Vancouver Island Beach Resort

You can own Jason Priestley’s Terrace Beach Resort in Ucluelet for less than $5 million

The Priestley family has put their resort at Ucluelet’s tranquil Terrace Beach on the market. (Nora O’Malley photo)
The Wildflower Bakery and Café is poised to open on Argyle Street mid-July. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

New bakery set to open in Port Alberni’s Uptown

Wildflower Bakery and Café will be located next to Brie and Barrel on Argyle Street

  • Jun 24, 2020
The Wildflower Bakery and Café is poised to open on Argyle Street mid-July. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Families spend some physically distanced time on the beach at China Creek Campground in June 2020. (HEATHER MILLIGAN/ Alberni Valley News)

China Creek Campground opens more sites for overnight camping

Port Alberni campground adopts new safety guidelines due to COVID-19

Families spend some physically distanced time on the beach at China Creek Campground in June 2020. (HEATHER MILLIGAN/ Alberni Valley News)
Ucluelet’s Hello Nature Adventure Tours owner Kevin Bradshaw tests the plexiglass shield at the kayak launch. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Marine activities open with COVID-19 measures

“I’m just happy to get back on the water.”

Ucluelet’s Hello Nature Adventure Tours owner Kevin Bradshaw tests the plexiglass shield at the kayak launch. (Nora O’Malley photo)
A number of Harbour Quay merchants recently met with city staff to support the implementation of a temporary sidewalk patio at Harbour Quay. From left to right: Jan Marchant (The Donut Shop), Shawn Bourgoin (city), Carmen Akerley (The Sugar Shak), Rob Kraneveldt (city) and Matt Dunk (All Mex’d Up). (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni city council approves temporary expansion of sidewalk patios

Permits will help businesses with physical distancing rules

A number of Harbour Quay merchants recently met with city staff to support the implementation of a temporary sidewalk patio at Harbour Quay. From left to right: Jan Marchant (The Donut Shop), Shawn Bourgoin (city), Carmen Akerley (The Sugar Shak), Rob Kraneveldt (city) and Matt Dunk (All Mex’d Up). (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Suki, left, and Kamal Sanghera, owners of San Group, wait for the official opening ceremony for their brand new mill at their Coulson site near Port Alberni, B.C. on Friday, May 29, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

PROGRESS 2020: San Group’s Sangheras bank on technology in Port Alberni sawmill operations

Company focuses on state-of-the-art machinery for its expanding operations

Suki, left, and Kamal Sanghera, owners of San Group, wait for the official opening ceremony for their brand new mill at their Coulson site near Port Alberni, B.C. on Friday, May 29, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Port Alberni Port Authority president and CEO Zoran Knezevic watches the post-COVID-19 action at the dock. With one ship at the terminal, a barge and another ship were waiting their turn a little further down the Alberni Inlet. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

PROGRESS 2020: Port Alberni Port Authority marine cluster continues to grow

Diverse businesses look to Port Alberni’s waterfront and deepsea port for expansion

Port Alberni Port Authority president and CEO Zoran Knezevic watches the post-COVID-19 action at the dock. With one ship at the terminal, a barge and another ship were waiting their turn a little further down the Alberni Inlet. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Belinda Nookemus of Huu-ay-aht First Nations works in the nation’s forestry industry. (PHOTO COURTESY HUU-AY-AHT)

Road to recovery remains unpaved for Huu-ay-aht First Nations

Huu-ay-aht First Nations say Paving Bamfield Road will be key to its post-COVID-19 success

Belinda Nookemus of Huu-ay-aht First Nations works in the nation’s forestry industry. (PHOTO COURTESY HUU-AY-AHT)
Coulson Aviation rolls out the Coulson-Unical CU-47, an aerial firefighting conversion similar to Boeing’s CH-47 Chinook, in early March at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport. (PHOTO COURTESY COULSON AVIATION)

PROGRESS 2020: Coulson Aviation keeps growing

Port Alberni is the hub of administration for the global aviation company

Coulson Aviation rolls out the Coulson-Unical CU-47, an aerial firefighting conversion similar to Boeing’s CH-47 Chinook, in early March at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport. (PHOTO COURTESY COULSON AVIATION)
Rhonda Graham poses beside a vacant salon chair on May 30. Graham has decided not to re-open the bricks and mortar Cedar & Rose studio, but said she will be available for ensuite bookings. (Nora O’Malley photo)

End of an Era: Tofino hair studio closes shop

“We were getting excited to start ramping up and then all of sudden we had to close our doors.”

Rhonda Graham poses beside a vacant salon chair on May 30. Graham has decided not to re-open the bricks and mortar Cedar & Rose studio, but said she will be available for ensuite bookings. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Mr. and Mrs. Potato, Dave and Barb Chamberlain, have their food truck set up for the season next to the Alberni Liquor Store on Johnston Road in North Port Alberni. (TERESA BIRD/ Alberni Valley News)
Mr. and Mrs. Potato, Dave and Barb Chamberlain, have their food truck set up for the season next to the Alberni Liquor Store on Johnston Road in North Port Alberni. (TERESA BIRD/ Alberni Valley News)
The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre, located on the Alberni Highway. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Port Alberni gift card site kickstarts post-COVID-19 economy

City, chamber of commerce collaborate on novel ‘shop local’ plan

The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre, located on the Alberni Highway. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
The current Bank of Montreal location, on Third Avenue and Argyle Street. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

BMO to build new location in Port Alberni

Bank will move from Third Avenue across town to Alberni Mall

The current Bank of Montreal location, on Third Avenue and Argyle Street. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
UHS employees get ready for a load of fish. (Westerly file photo)
UHS employees get ready for a load of fish. (Westerly file photo)