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Water flows high in the Englishman River under the orange bridge in Parksville. (PQB News file photo)
Water flows high in the Englishman River under the orange bridge in Parksville. (PQB News file photo)
Port Alberni court house (Alberni Valley News)

Vandal breaks Port Alberni courthouse windows, suspect still at large: RCMP

Port Alberni RCMP are asking the public for more information

Port Alberni court house (Alberni Valley News)
Captain Michael Ramsay reads a prayer at the Hupacasath First Nation cemetery on Remembrance Day 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni remembers

2021 Remembrance Day ceremony was an outdoor one due to COVID-19

Captain Michael Ramsay reads a prayer at the Hupacasath First Nation cemetery on Remembrance Day 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Tamas Zalatnai dances with a Hungarian dance troupe after serving with the Hungarian Air Force in the late 1960s. (PHOTO COURTESY OF TAMAS ZALATNAI)

THEN AND NOW: Port Alberni man’s military memories too painful to keep mementos

Conscription in Communist army forced Tamas Zalatnai to make life-changing decision

  • Nov 11, 2021
Tamas Zalatnai dances with a Hungarian dance troupe after serving with the Hungarian Air Force in the late 1960s. (PHOTO COURTESY OF TAMAS ZALATNAI)
The late Garnet Reynolds sits with his wife Mildred in 2002 prior to receiving armorial bearings from the Governor General of Canada (March 2002). (PHOTO COURTESY REYNOLDS FAMILY)

THEN AND NOW: Remembering a man for his service beyond the military

Garnet Reynolds went from working on tanks to working on humans as a chiropractor

  • Nov 11, 2021
The late Garnet Reynolds sits with his wife Mildred in 2002 prior to receiving armorial bearings from the Governor General of Canada (March 2002). (PHOTO COURTESY REYNOLDS FAMILY)
Paramedics assist a pedestrian that was struck by a car in the parking lot of Save-On-Foods in Port Alberni on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. The person suffered minor injuries. (PHOTO COURTESY SUSAN ROTH)

Pedestrian struck in Port Alberni parking lot prompts warning to drivers from RCMP

Central Island city saw two deaths, serious injuries in 2020 pedestrian accidents

Paramedics assist a pedestrian that was struck by a car in the parking lot of Save-On-Foods in Port Alberni on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. The person suffered minor injuries. (PHOTO COURTESY SUSAN ROTH)
Denis and Dianne Francoeur donate $10,000 to Cherry Creek Volunteer Fire Dept. Chief Lucas Banton in October 2021. The Francoeurs made the donation to thank the fire department for fighting a two-hectare fire on the couple’s property in June 2021. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Grateful neighbours thank Cherry Creek Fire Department with $10K donation

BC Wildfire crews and Cherry Creek VFD knocked down the two-hectare blaze over the summer

Denis and Dianne Francoeur donate $10,000 to Cherry Creek Volunteer Fire Dept. Chief Lucas Banton in October 2021. The Francoeurs made the donation to thank the fire department for fighting a two-hectare fire on the couple’s property in June 2021. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Alberni Valley Lions Club Auction Committee members Don Hudson and Tom Hall with just some of the items available in this year’s auction. (PHOTO COURTESY LIONS CLUB)

Alberni Valley Lions Club auction returns for 2021

Annual fundraiser for Lions Club is online only for the third year in a row

Alberni Valley Lions Club Auction Committee members Don Hudson and Tom Hall with just some of the items available in this year’s auction. (PHOTO COURTESY LIONS CLUB)
Karl Holdsworth of Commandos Pacific Motorcycles cleans the cross of Robert Oldale, a Royal Canadian Navy veteran that was on the HMCS Nootka destroyer during the Cuban Missile crisis in October 1962. The Commandos stepped up to clean off the crosses in Port Alberni’s Field of Honour prior to Remembrance Day ceremonies on Nov. 11. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)

Commandos Motorcycle Club steps up to help veterans in Port Alberni

Club members tidy up Field of Honour prior to Remembrance Day ceremonies

  • Nov 9, 2021
Karl Holdsworth of Commandos Pacific Motorcycles cleans the cross of Robert Oldale, a Royal Canadian Navy veteran that was on the HMCS Nootka destroyer during the Cuban Missile crisis in October 1962. The Commandos stepped up to clean off the crosses in Port Alberni’s Field of Honour prior to Remembrance Day ceremonies on Nov. 11. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)
Tim Pley, the City of Port Alberni CAO, is retiring after 31 years of service to the city. Pley was hired as the CAO in 2016. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Port Alberni’s chief administrative officer to retire after 31 years

Tim Pley plans to stay in the community where he was born

Tim Pley, the City of Port Alberni CAO, is retiring after 31 years of service to the city. Pley was hired as the CAO in 2016. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
A lightning strike destroyed this radio receiver at the summit of Porter Mountain knocking DriveBC’s Sutton Pass camera out of service in November, 2020. (Photo courtesy of B.C.’s ministry of transportation and infrastructure)

Hwy. 4 camera at Sutton Pass remains down a year after lightning strike

Ministry of transportation and infrastructure says camera damaged beyond repair

A lightning strike destroyed this radio receiver at the summit of Porter Mountain knocking DriveBC’s Sutton Pass camera out of service in November, 2020. (Photo courtesy of B.C.’s ministry of transportation and infrastructure)
Starting Nov. 9, acute care facility visitors will need to show proof of full vaccination. (Black Press Media file photo)

Island Health, province to require proof of vaccination for acute care visitors

Children under 12, those with medical exemptions excluded from requirement

Starting Nov. 9, acute care facility visitors will need to show proof of full vaccination. (Black Press Media file photo)
A wind warning has been issued for most of Vancouver Island for Monday night, Nov. 8, 2021. Gusting winds could cause power outages and other damage. (Citizen file)

Wind warning issued for Vancouver Island

Strong gusting winds developing Monday night

A wind warning has been issued for most of Vancouver Island for Monday night, Nov. 8, 2021. Gusting winds could cause power outages and other damage. (Citizen file)
RVs and trailers were lined up as far as the eye could see on Sunday, Nov. 7 to get across the U.S. border in Osoyoos. (Rose-Anne Atkinson Facebook)

Snowbirds line up overnight at Osoyoos-U.S. border to be first across

Canadians wanting to spend winter in warmer parts of the U.S. have waited 20 months to cross

RVs and trailers were lined up as far as the eye could see on Sunday, Nov. 7 to get across the U.S. border in Osoyoos. (Rose-Anne Atkinson Facebook)
Portrait of the Williams family used in a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the funeral of Shirley Williams and Jovan Williams who were killed in a police-involved shooting. Shirley is wearing a white hat and Jovan is the taller of the two men. (File photo)

Inquest into northern B.C. police shooting death recommends creating community crisis intervention teams

Shirley and Jovan Williams were killed by RCMP in Granisle following a conflict with neighbours

Portrait of the Williams family used in a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the funeral of Shirley Williams and Jovan Williams who were killed in a police-involved shooting. Shirley is wearing a white hat and Jovan is the taller of the two men. (File photo)
A new residence with 45 housing units will be built at 865 Catherine St., and run by the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness Society. (Google Maps)

$11.3M to create Island homes for Indigenous people experiencing homelessness

Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness housing to offer 24/7 culturally-appropriate supports

A new residence with 45 housing units will be built at 865 Catherine St., and run by the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness Society. (Google Maps)
Mink farms are being phased out in B.C. and will be shut down entirely by April 2025. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

BC plans to phase out mink farming industry by 2025

The government is doing this over four years to allow farmers and workers a transition period

Mink farms are being phased out in B.C. and will be shut down entirely by April 2025. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)
Saanich police work the crime scene in 2018 where Langford man Shawn Campbell was attacked; he later died in hospital. Two men convicted of manslaughter in the case were sentenced to six years each for the crime on Nov. 5. (Black Press Media file photo)

Two Vancouver Island men sentenced to 6 years for fatal hammer attack on friend

Nathen Monsour, Lee Hart pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2018 death of Shawn Campbell

Saanich police work the crime scene in 2018 where Langford man Shawn Campbell was attacked; he later died in hospital. Two men convicted of manslaughter in the case were sentenced to six years each for the crime on Nov. 5. (Black Press Media file photo)
Someone onshore documents the position of a load of refrigerators that made it to shore near Cape Scott after more than 100 containers fell off the M/V Zim Kingston container ship in late October. (PHOTO COURTESY CDN. COAST GUARD)

Zim Kingston container spill clean-up continues as coastal concerns question response

Vancouver Island beaches clearing of MV Zim Kingston debris, local resources feel ignored

Someone onshore documents the position of a load of refrigerators that made it to shore near Cape Scott after more than 100 containers fell off the M/V Zim Kingston container ship in late October. (PHOTO COURTESY CDN. COAST GUARD)
Piper George Batt of the West Coast Highlanders Pipe and Drum Band leads the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 293 colour party to the Field of Honour at Greenwood Cemetery in Port Alberni during the 2020 Remembrance Day ceremony. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni’s Remembrance Day ceremony will be outdoor one again

Service will take place at the Field of Honour at Greenwood Cemetery

Piper George Batt of the West Coast Highlanders Pipe and Drum Band leads the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 293 colour party to the Field of Honour at Greenwood Cemetery in Port Alberni during the 2020 Remembrance Day ceremony. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)