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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)
The Sunderoey, a freezer trawler, will join the Raw Spirit dockside at Port Alberni Terminals this month. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Second seafood freezer trawler will soon call Port Alberni home

Independent Seafoods Canada adds second vessel to base in Alberni Inlet

The Sunderoey, a freezer trawler, will join the Raw Spirit dockside at Port Alberni Terminals this month. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Alison Mcgee holds a forehead thermometer for reading temperatures of workers that ride the Port bus to the Ucluelet fish plant. (Submitted photo)
Alison Mcgee holds a forehead thermometer for reading temperatures of workers that ride the Port bus to the Ucluelet fish plant. (Submitted photo)
San Group contractors begin planting shrubs and trees in a berm created along Stamp Avenue and Roger Street in Port Alberni, on Friday, April 24, 2020. The planting is part of a $250,000 landscape plan for the area, where San is building a remanufacturing plant. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
San Group contractors begin planting shrubs and trees in a berm created along Stamp Avenue and Roger Street in Port Alberni, on Friday, April 24, 2020. The planting is part of a $250,000 landscape plan for the area, where San is building a remanufacturing plant. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Port Alberni’s Chris Fenton of Royal LePage has created a virtual tour of the Alberni Valley Museum. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

BIZ BEAT: Port Alberni realtor creates virtual museum tours

Farmers’ markets keeping people fed during COVID-19 pandemic

  • Apr 22, 2020
Port Alberni’s Chris Fenton of Royal LePage has created a virtual tour of the Alberni Valley Museum. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Quality Foods in Port Alberni has seen a lot more online delivery requests than usual as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. (ELENA RARDON/ Alberni Valley News)

Quality Foods closes for Easter to thank grocery workers

Delivery orders nearly break online system for Island grocery store

Quality Foods in Port Alberni has seen a lot more online delivery requests than usual as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. (ELENA RARDON/ Alberni Valley News)
Captain Harry Johnston has joined NIC’s marine training team and will teach expanded marine training offerings at NIC’s Port Alberni campus, starting this spring. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

North Island College brings marine training to Port Alberni

Marine Training instructor Captain Harry Johnston joins NIC team

Captain Harry Johnston has joined NIC’s marine training team and will teach expanded marine training offerings at NIC’s Port Alberni campus, starting this spring. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Tofino Distillery in collaboration with Clarity Apothecary are mass producing volumes of hand sanitizer for front line workers in the ACRD. (Clarity Apothecary photo)

Tofino and Ucluelet distilleries step up with hand sanitizer

Mass supply delivered to emergency operation centres in Tofino, Ucluelet, Bamfield and Port Alberni.

Tofino Distillery in collaboration with Clarity Apothecary are mass producing volumes of hand sanitizer for front line workers in the ACRD. (Clarity Apothecary photo)
Buy-Low Foods donated 100 boxes of food to the Port Alberni Food Bank recently. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

BIZ BEAT: Port Alberni businesses give back to the community

Alberni optometrist named BC Optometrist of the Year

  • Mar 18, 2020
Buy-Low Foods donated 100 boxes of food to the Port Alberni Food Bank recently. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Quality Foods and Shoppers Drug Mart will be dedicating a portion of their opening hours for seniors and vulnerable members of society to shop, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

Stores dedicate early hours to seniors, health-compromised shoppers

Quality Foods offers two-hour access, Shoppers Drug Mart offers one hour

Quality Foods and Shoppers Drug Mart will be dedicating a portion of their opening hours for seniors and vulnerable members of society to shop, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Kat Gellerman brings years of experience in the food business to her new store, Chef Sense Supplies, in downtown Courtenay. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Edible straws one B.C. entrepreneur’s latest weapon in war against plastic

Kat Gellerman has spent more than 20 years working in the food business

Kat Gellerman brings years of experience in the food business to her new store, Chef Sense Supplies, in downtown Courtenay. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Double R Meats owner Dallas Ward serves samples to Penny Cote and her husband Brian during the Westcoast Nibbler at the Alberni Athletic Hall on Feb. 29, 2020. Ward won the Best Meat category at the fundraising event. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)

West Coast Nibbler raises more than $10,000 for Port Alberni charities

Third annual event featured food and beverages from local suppliers

Double R Meats owner Dallas Ward serves samples to Penny Cote and her husband Brian during the Westcoast Nibbler at the Alberni Athletic Hall on Feb. 29, 2020. Ward won the Best Meat category at the fundraising event. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)
North Island College president John Bowman at one of four Regional Community Forums in November 2019 on NIC’s Strategic Plan. Photo supplied

North Island College draft strategic plan available for feedback

North Island College is inviting the public to provide feedback on its…

  • Feb 28, 2020
North Island College president John Bowman at one of four Regional Community Forums in November 2019 on NIC’s Strategic Plan. Photo supplied
Keith Ambrose, who opened Uptown Urban Market with his partner Marie Knoll in 2016, hopes to represent numerous businesses in approaching Port Alberni City Council with solutions to crime plaguing the city. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

More businesses in Port Alberni need a voice at city council, says one Uptown owner

Business owner says all businesses in the Alberni Valley need a louder voice

Keith Ambrose, who opened Uptown Urban Market with his partner Marie Knoll in 2016, hopes to represent numerous businesses in approaching Port Alberni City Council with solutions to crime plaguing the city. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Steve and Richard Guineau of Go To Guys are gearing up for spring yardwork. (TERESA BIRD PHOTO)

BIZ BEAT: Get a head start on spring cleaning in Port Alberni

Chris Fenton walks across a desert to raise funds for ACAWS

Steve and Richard Guineau of Go To Guys are gearing up for spring yardwork. (TERESA BIRD PHOTO)