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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

Much as we may not want to think about it yet, snow is coming. Winter tires should be on vehicles by October 1, 2021. Black Press file

Winter tires should be installed by next Friday, October 1

Most routes in B.C. require snow tires from October to April

The letters “A.W. Neill” were removed from a Port Alberni elementary school on Sept. 8, 2021. The new name, Tsuma-as, will go up on Sept. 29. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Former A.W. Neill School to formally receive new name Sept. 29

Racist politician’s name will be replaced for National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

Fanny Bay residents conducted a neighbourhood meeting in 2020 to discuss problem properties owned by Amandio Santos. File photo supplied

Notorious Vancouver Island landlord pleads to numerous bylaw infractions at ‘problem’ properties

Penalties for Amandio Santos, River Dam Holdings include $35,000 in fines plus legal fees

Fanny Bay residents conducted a neighbourhood meeting in 2020 to discuss problem properties owned by Amandio Santos. File photo supplied
A Parksville resident was alarmed to find needles left in a forested area near Springwood Elementary School in 2019. (Submitted photo)

Parksville mayor jabs Island Health for needle issue inaction

Mayne tells Island Health officials problem is getting worse

A Parksville resident was alarmed to find needles left in a forested area near Springwood Elementary School in 2019. (Submitted photo)
‘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)
A totem pole, called n’aasn’aas?aqsa, is unveiled at Victoria Quay on Saturday, Sept. 18. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Totem pole unveiled in Port Alberni

The totem pole, called n’aasn’aas?aqsa, has found its permanent home at San Group property

A totem pole, called n’aasn’aas?aqsa, is unveiled at Victoria Quay on Saturday, Sept. 18. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
NDP candidate Gord Johns campaigns on Johnston Road in Port Alberni for the 2021 federal election. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
NDP candidate Gord Johns campaigns on Johnston Road in Port Alberni for the 2021 federal election. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
‘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)
A nurse prepares a vaccine dose at an immunization clinic for long-term care workers in Nanaimo. (Island Health photo)

Vancouver Island breaks record for COVID-19 cases

Island Health reported 102 new cases, 700 active cases on Sept. 17

A nurse prepares a vaccine dose at an immunization clinic for long-term care workers in Nanaimo. (Island Health photo)
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)
Homeless counts took place across 16 communities in B.C. in 2020 and 2021. (File photo)

Homeless count reveals 125 without housing in Port Alberni

Data shows “higher proportion” of people experiencing health concerns

Homeless counts took place across 16 communities in B.C. in 2020 and 2021. (File photo)
First responders are dealing with a rollover between two vehicles in the intersection of Anderson Avenue and Melrose Street that occurred after 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 14, 2021. (ELENA RARDON/ Alberni Valley News)

Two-vehicle rollover MVI blocks Port Alberni intersection

Anderson Avenue and Melrose Street are blocked off as crews deal with incident

First responders are dealing with a rollover between two vehicles in the intersection of Anderson Avenue and Melrose Street that occurred after 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 14, 2021. (ELENA RARDON/ 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)
Susan Farlinger is the Liberal Party of Canada candidate for Courtenay-Alberni. (Submitted photo)
Susan Farlinger is the Liberal Party of Canada candidate for Courtenay-Alberni. (Submitted photo)
(PQB file photo)
(PQB file photo)
Arrowsmith Search and Rescue crews were called out Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 to assist an injured hunter in the Cook Creek area. (Arrowsmith Search and Rescue Instagram photo)

Arrowsmith SAR crews help rescue hunter seriously injured after fall in Cook Creek area

24 crew members assisted in rescue effort; man taken to hospital

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue crews were called out Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 to assist an injured hunter in the Cook Creek area. (Arrowsmith Search and Rescue Instagram photo)
Gord Johns is the NDP candidate in the Courtenay-Alberni riding. (Submitted photo)
Gord Johns is the NDP candidate in the Courtenay-Alberni riding. (Submitted photo)
Susanne Lawson is the Green Party of Canada candidate for Courtenay-Alberni. (Submitted photo)
Susanne Lawson is the Green Party of Canada candidate for Courtenay-Alberni. (Submitted photo)