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Snow falling on Highway 1 at Malahat Summit in 2020.Winter driving conditions are on the way with snow and wind forecast for south, inland, east and north Vancouver Island from Tuesday morning through Wednesday (Nov. 30). (DriveBC/File)

Shift into winter: Snow, wind warnings issued for most of Vancouver Island

Work-related crashes are the leading cause of traumatic workplace deaths in the in B.C.

Port Alberni RCMP released this surveillance footage of a suspect who robbed a 7-Eleven store on Sunday, Nov. 27. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni RCMP seek suspect in armed 7-Eleven robbery

The suspect, wearing a ski mask, allegedly produced an edged weapon and demanded money

Crews install a cantilever along Hwy. 4 in August 2022. (BC Ministry of transportation and infrastructure photo)

Province promises Tofino-Ucluelet highway will open to two-way traffic in early 2023

Four years of travel delays may finally be coming to an end for West Coast residents and visitors

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement advising of snow in the forecast for most of Vancouver Island starting Tuesday, Nov. 29. (News Bulletin file photo)

Special weather statement in effect with snow expected on the Island this week

Environment Canada forecasts 15 centimetres in inland areas of Vancouver Island

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement advising of snow in the forecast for most of Vancouver Island starting Tuesday, Nov. 29. (News Bulletin file photo)
Roy and Kathy Gunter-Smith stand near a grand fir at son and daughter-in-law Cory and Kris Gunter-Smith’s Alberni Christmas Trees farm near the Alberni Valley Regional Airport on opening day of the 2022 season. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Alberni Valley Christmas tree farms escape majority of drought effect

U-cut tree farms near Alberni Valley Regional Airport open Nov. 26-27 for the season

Roy and Kathy Gunter-Smith stand near a grand fir at son and daughter-in-law Cory and Kris Gunter-Smith’s Alberni Christmas Trees farm near the Alberni Valley Regional Airport on opening day of the 2022 season. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
A member of the Port Alberni Fire Department works to extinguish a fire in a hog fuel pile at the Catalyst Paper mill site on Stamp Avenue. (FACEBOOK PHOTO COURTESY PAFD)

Port Alberni Fire Department has busy night

Department called out twice to hog fuel pile fire at the mill

A member of the Port Alberni Fire Department works to extinguish a fire in a hog fuel pile at the Catalyst Paper mill site on Stamp Avenue. (FACEBOOK PHOTO COURTESY PAFD)
Vandals have been peeling off the cement shingles on the backside of the Maritime Discovery Centre’s lighthouse. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Vandals force replacement of shingles at Maritime Discovery Centre lighthouse

Port Alberni museum building is losing its concrete shingles

Vandals have been peeling off the cement shingles on the backside of the Maritime Discovery Centre’s lighthouse. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
ADSS athletes picked up bus loads of food for the Salvation Army on Dec. 8, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Alberni District Secondary School’s food drive makes a return

Students will be out on Wednesday, Nov. 30 collecting food

ADSS athletes picked up bus loads of food for the Salvation Army on Dec. 8, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District office is located in Port Alberni. NEWS FILE PHOTO

Cherry Creek will be headed to the polls for byelection

The 2022 general election was declared invalid due to close result, incomplete voting forms

The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District office is located in Port Alberni. NEWS FILE PHOTO
Alberni Valley News journalist Elena Rardon won second place in the Canadian Community Newspaper Association (CCNA) sports photo category for 2021 with this photo of Nina Ney laughing as she surfs a particularly big wave during the Female Intermediate wake surf competition at Sproat Lake on Aug. 8, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Alberni Valley News wins several industry awards from CCNA for 2020 and 2021

National honours come during a challenging time for journalism in Canada

Alberni Valley News journalist Elena Rardon won second place in the Canadian Community Newspaper Association (CCNA) sports photo category for 2021 with this photo of Nina Ney laughing as she surfs a particularly big wave during the Female Intermediate wake surf competition at Sproat Lake on Aug. 8, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Lon Miles Baseball Field in Port Alberni is located at Klitsa Park on Compton Road. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

City of Port Alberni ponders user fees for fields

Council budgets $240,000 for baseball field improvements

Lon Miles Baseball Field in Port Alberni is located at Klitsa Park on Compton Road. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Carpentry students from North Island College and Nuu-chah-nulth Employment Training Program (NETP) work on pieces of the tiny homes that will be erected at Watyaqit on Fourth Avenue later this month. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Watyaqit Tiny Home Village awaits first tiny homes

Bathroom buildings installed, NIC students to help assemble next 15 buildings on Port Alberni site

Carpentry students from North Island College and Nuu-chah-nulth Employment Training Program (NETP) work on pieces of the tiny homes that will be erected at Watyaqit on Fourth Avenue later this month. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Firefighters assess flames and heavy smoke behind a building in the 3400-block of Third Avenue on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. (FACEBOOK SCREENSHOT, PAFD VIDEO)

Fire crews knock down structure fire on Port Alberni’s Third Avenue

Structure fire was a record 2,195 call for Port Alberni Fire Department

Firefighters assess flames and heavy smoke behind a building in the 3400-block of Third Avenue on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. (FACEBOOK SCREENSHOT, PAFD VIDEO)
Steven Dahnert with his grandson in 2020 before the Penticton Okanagan College instructor was killed in a head-on collision where a driver crossed into oncoming traffic on Highway 33 in Kelowna on Thanksgiving Day 2020. (Submitted)

Widow of Penticton man reacts to $2K fine levied against driver who killed her husband

Steve Dahnert’s family got a life sentence and the driver has a year to pay her fine, said wife

Steven Dahnert with his grandson in 2020 before the Penticton Okanagan College instructor was killed in a head-on collision where a driver crossed into oncoming traffic on Highway 33 in Kelowna on Thanksgiving Day 2020. (Submitted)
Where the Harrison River in British Columbia runs deep and the mountains stand tall that is where thousands of eagles dare as salmon spawn. A bald eagle eats a chinook salmon along the Harrison River in Harrison Mills, B.C., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Lack of rainfall could mean 3-week delay for Vancouver Island salmon spawning

However, overall returns are expected to be solid despite unusual weather patterns

Where the Harrison River in British Columbia runs deep and the mountains stand tall that is where thousands of eagles dare as salmon spawn. A bald eagle eats a chinook salmon along the Harrison River in Harrison Mills, B.C., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
The Portview Landing apartment complex on Burde Street has contributed to the City of Port Alberni’s stock of rental housing. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District ponders rent bank program

BC Rent Bank has found a partner in the Connective Support Society Nanaimo

The Portview Landing apartment complex on Burde Street has contributed to the City of Port Alberni’s stock of rental housing. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Joe Lamoureux, chair of the Sproat Lake Parks Commission, cuts the ribbon held by by Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns and Sproat Lake director Penny Cote to mark the official opening of the Lakeshore Trail Extension on Tuesday, Nov. 8. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

New Lakeshore Trail extension opens in Sproat Lake

Lake’s trail system now stretches from Sproat Lake to Taylor Arm Provincial Parks

Joe Lamoureux, chair of the Sproat Lake Parks Commission, cuts the ribbon held by by Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns and Sproat Lake director Penny Cote to mark the official opening of the Lakeshore Trail Extension on Tuesday, Nov. 8. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The new School District 70 board of education stands with Secretary-Treasurer Lindsay Cheetham (far left) and superintendent Tim Davie (far right). (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

School District 70 board has a new look

Inaugural meeting blended elements of the formal and traditional

The new School District 70 board of education stands with Secretary-Treasurer Lindsay Cheetham (far left) and superintendent Tim Davie (far right). (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Murray Rankin, Josie Osborne and Gord Johns join Huu-ay-aht First Nations in paddling the canoe after a funding announcement for Oomiqsu on Tuesday, Nov. 8. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Huu-ay-aht First Nations celebrates new Mother’s Centre

Oomiiqsu will provide housing for Indigenous women and children in Port Alberni

Murray Rankin, Josie Osborne and Gord Johns join Huu-ay-aht First Nations in paddling the canoe after a funding announcement for Oomiqsu on Tuesday, Nov. 8. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The new Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District board. Not present are Wilfred Cootes, Alan McCarthy and Tom Stere. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District holds inaugural board meeting

Some First Nations still without a voice at the table in regional district

The new Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District board. Not present are Wilfred Cootes, Alan McCarthy and Tom Stere. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)