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A tsunami advisory was issued Jan. 15 around 5 a.m. for coastal B.C. (U.S. Tsunami Warning System image)

Lack of tsunami advisory warning causes concern in Alberni Valley

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District uses Voyent Alert! app for notifications

Homicide investigators search a home reportedly belong to the husband of Trina Hunt on Saturday, June 5. Hunt's body was found in Hope on March 29, 2021. (Shane MacKichan)

Trina Hunt’s family angry and frustrated as her murder remains unsolved

It’s been one year since the Port Moody woman disappeared. Her body was found in Hope weeks later

The School District 70 (Pacific Rim) office is located in Port Alberni. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

School District 70 begins search for new superintendent

Current superintendent Greg Smyth retiring at the end of 2021-22 school year

The City of Port Alberni started a three-stream waste collection service in late 2021. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

ACRD ponders waste collection service in rural Alberni Valley areas

The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District has a survey online for rural residents

The City of Port Alberni started a three-stream waste collection service in late 2021. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
A tsunami advisory was issued Jan. 15 around 5 a.m. for coastal B.C. (U.S. Tsunami Warning System image)

UPDATE: All B.C. Tsunami advisories cleared

Advisories remain in place for Vancouver Island’s western and southern coasts

A tsunami advisory was issued Jan. 15 around 5 a.m. for coastal B.C. (U.S. Tsunami Warning System image)
Transit buses in Cowichan will soon have new technology installed that will allow customers to know their locations at all times. (File photo)

Bus tracking to roll out in Cowichan Valley, then across the province

Cowichan transit chosen to be first in next phase of NextRide program

Transit buses in Cowichan will soon have new technology installed that will allow customers to know their locations at all times. (File photo)
Properties on Hatzic Lake are surrounded by high water after floodwaters began to recede, near Mission, B.C., Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. A new report on the need for Canada to become better prepared for climate disasters says a lack of critical data is preventing governments and individuals from making better decisions about adapting to and preventing the effects of climate change. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Expert panel says Canada needs to ‘up its game’ on climate data to better adapt

‘2021 has really now been a wake-up call that these are no longer sort of one-off anomalies’

Properties on Hatzic Lake are surrounded by high water after floodwaters began to recede, near Mission, B.C., Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. A new report on the need for Canada to become better prepared for climate disasters says a lack of critical data is preventing governments and individuals from making better decisions about adapting to and preventing the effects of climate change. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Jacqueline Windh of Port Alberni, pausing from photographing wildlife at Damoy Point, Gerlache Strait on the Antarctic Peninsula, has spent December 2021 and January 2022 working as a lecturer and guide for Hurtigruten Expeditions aboard the ship Roald Amundsen. (PHOTO COURTESY JACQUELINE WINDH, INSTAGRAM)

Vancouver Island scientist, athlete wins award for her love of exploration

Royal Canadian Geographical Society honours Jacqueline Windh with medal

Jacqueline Windh of Port Alberni, pausing from photographing wildlife at Damoy Point, Gerlache Strait on the Antarctic Peninsula, has spent December 2021 and January 2022 working as a lecturer and guide for Hurtigruten Expeditions aboard the ship Roald Amundsen. (PHOTO COURTESY JACQUELINE WINDH, INSTAGRAM)
An allegedly impaired driver is facing charges after striking and injuring a tow truck driver on the Island Highway near Lantzville on Tuesday, Jan. 11. (Black Press file)

Alleged impaired driver strikes and injures tow truck driver along highway near Nanoose

Incident happened on Island Highway near Rumming Road on Tuesday, Jan. 11

An allegedly impaired driver is facing charges after striking and injuring a tow truck driver on the Island Highway near Lantzville on Tuesday, Jan. 11. (Black Press file)
Port Alberni firefighters respond to a boat fire on Jan. 11. (PHOTO COURTESY SUSAN ROTH)

Port Alberni firefighters douse boat fire in harbour

No one on board vessel at the time of the fire

Port Alberni firefighters respond to a boat fire on Jan. 11. (PHOTO COURTESY SUSAN ROTH)
This graph shows housing prices in the Alberni Valley over the past 20 years. (PHOTO COURTESY CHRIS FENTON)

Alberni Valley sees historic rise in housing prices in 2021

Rate of increase expected to slow down in 2022

This graph shows housing prices in the Alberni Valley over the past 20 years. (PHOTO COURTESY CHRIS FENTON)
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Both images show missing Comox Valley man John Wesley Edwards. RCMP supplied photo.

Foul play suspected in the disappearance of Comox Valley man

It has been almost two years, and investigators now suspect foul play…

Both images show missing Comox Valley man John Wesley Edwards. RCMP supplied photo.
BC Ferries is warning of possible service disruptions in the coming months as the Omicron variant spreads. (Don Denton/file photo)

BC Ferries anticipating service disruptions in coming months as Omicron spikes

Company expects inter-island routes to be especially affected by crew shortages

BC Ferries is warning of possible service disruptions in the coming months as the Omicron variant spreads. (Don Denton/file photo)
A crew from the Port Alberni Fire Department extinguishes a fire in a flower bed at Victoria Quay on Sunday, July 11, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

2021 marks busiest year to date for Port Alberni Fire Department

Fires, MVIs and medical calls increased from 2020

A crew from the Port Alberni Fire Department extinguishes a fire in a flower bed at Victoria Quay on Sunday, July 11, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Mail delivery has been suspended in the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and the City of Vancouver for Thursday, Jan. 6 due to snow. (Photo by Canada Post)

Canada Post suspends delivery in Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island due to snow

‘Red service alert’ also issued for City of Vancouver on Thursday, Jan. 6

Mail delivery has been suspended in the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and the City of Vancouver for Thursday, Jan. 6 due to snow. (Photo by Canada Post)
A bus travels on Dogwood Street amid a snowstorm in Campbell River. Note snow-clearing for municipal and provincial roads are separate operations. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.

Extraordinary snowfall event stretching Vancouver Island snow clearing operations

Provincial contractor clears roads by a priority system that resets upon each snowfall

A bus travels on Dogwood Street amid a snowstorm in Campbell River. Note snow-clearing for municipal and provincial roads are separate operations. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.
Building spotted floating down the Fraser River past Maple Ridge. (Facebook/Special to The News)
Building spotted floating down the Fraser River past Maple Ridge. (Facebook/Special to The News)
Fire crews attempt to extinguish a cabin fire on Beaver Creek Road. (SCREENSHOT COURTESY PA FIRE DEPARTMENT)

One person taken to hospital after Beaver Creek cabin fire

All four Alberni Valley fire departments responded to the fire

Fire crews attempt to extinguish a cabin fire on Beaver Creek Road. (SCREENSHOT COURTESY PA FIRE DEPARTMENT)
Fire crews respond to an electrical fire at Pioneer Towers on Wallace Street on January 5, 2022. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Electrical fire extinguished at seniors home in Port Alberni

All tenants able to return to their suites after fire

Fire crews respond to an electrical fire at Pioneer Towers on Wallace Street on January 5, 2022. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)