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William Ambrose serves up a meal from his food truck, Mr. Chips. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Food trucks find space at Clutesi Haven Marina in Port Alberni

‘Food truck pod’ is a partnership between city, port authority and Tseshaht First Nation

William Ambrose serves up a meal from his food truck, Mr. Chips. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
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RCMP investigating after tires slashed in Port Alberni neighbourhood

RCMP are looking for anyone with information or video surveillance

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Maxime Ouellet, 43 years old, has been reported missing. (PHOTO COURTESY RCMP)

Port Alberni RCMP searching for missing 43-year-old man

Maxime Ouellet is known to camp in wooded areas around Port Alberni

Maxime Ouellet, 43 years old, has been reported missing. (PHOTO COURTESY RCMP)
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The train tracks in Duncan have been quiet since rail service stopped on the Island Corridor. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)

Island Corridor Foundation launches survey on importance of Vancouver Island rail

“ICF remains 100 per cent committed to the restoration of full rail service on Vancouver Island”

  • Sep 24, 2020
The train tracks in Duncan have been quiet since rail service stopped on the Island Corridor. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
Lucas Bradwell has been sentenced for three bank robberies – in Abbotsford, Sidney and Vancouver – that occurred in the summer of 2019.

Three years for serial bank robber who hit southern Vancouver Island branch

Lucas Bradwell was wanted for robberies in Abbotsford, Sidney and Vancouver

Lucas Bradwell has been sentenced for three bank robberies – in Abbotsford, Sidney and Vancouver – that occurred in the summer of 2019.
A rock blasting accident caused a rockslide that shut down the only highway in and out of Tofino and Ucluelet for three days in January, 2019. (MoT/Twitter)

Ucluelet mayor criticizes province’s lack of communication as highway closures resume

Daily closures return to only highway in and out of Tofino-Ucluelet

A rock blasting accident caused a rockslide that shut down the only highway in and out of Tofino and Ucluelet for three days in January, 2019. (MoT/Twitter)
Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions and city CAO Tim Pley tour the remanufacturing plant construction site with San Group owners Suki and Kamal Sanghera and manager Bruce Molander, Sept. 17, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Changes to lumber exports are welcome news for San Group in Port Alberni

San Group hoping to have new remanufacturing plant up and running by mid-October

Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions and city CAO Tim Pley tour the remanufacturing plant construction site with San Group owners Suki and Kamal Sanghera and manager Bruce Molander, Sept. 17, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
The new seniors housing complex proposed for Anderson Hill. (SCREENSHOT)

New seniors’ housing complex proposed for Port Alberni

Developers targeting more active seniors, offering ‘age in place’ model

The new seniors housing complex proposed for Anderson Hill. (SCREENSHOT)
Beaver Creek Road at River Road is an awkward intersection in Port Alberni. River Road is actually part of Highway 4. September 2020 (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Upgrade on the books for contentious intersection in Port Alberni

Province promises survey, changes at Beaver Creek and River Roads in 2021

Beaver Creek Road at River Road is an awkward intersection in Port Alberni. River Road is actually part of Highway 4. September 2020 (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
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Thousands of child care spaces coming to 35 B.C. communities

Province announces milestone in Childcare BC plan

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A photo of the Port Pub, taken from Argyle Street on Sept. 11, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Alberni council takes action against two ‘offensive’ buildings

‘Deplorable conditions’ in buildings include emergency exits welded shut, human waste in hallways

A photo of the Port Pub, taken from Argyle Street on Sept. 11, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
An amateur fossil collector made the discovery of his life – a rare new Chimaeridae fish. “It’s always fun when this stuff contributes to science,” says Steve Suntok. (Steve Suntok photo)

Prehistoric fish found near Sooke named after amateur collector

The fish lived about 25 million years ago, scientists say

An amateur fossil collector made the discovery of his life – a rare new Chimaeridae fish. “It’s always fun when this stuff contributes to science,” says Steve Suntok. (Steve Suntok photo)
A tow truck removes a logging truck after it tipped over on Faber Road Wednesday (Sept. 16) morning. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Driver unhurt after logging truck spill near Sproat Lake

Faber Road was closed to traffic for several hours as crews cleaned up

A tow truck removes a logging truck after it tipped over on Faber Road Wednesday (Sept. 16) morning. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Lesley Fox (executive director of The Fur-Bearers) and Chris Holtslag (founder of VanIsle Wetlands) stand beside the flow device that Holtslag built on Lugrin Creek, just off of Beaver Creek Road. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

City of Port Alberni learns to coexist with beavers

New flow devices put Vancouver Island on cutting edge of ecology

Lesley Fox (executive director of The Fur-Bearers) and Chris Holtslag (founder of VanIsle Wetlands) stand beside the flow device that Holtslag built on Lugrin Creek, just off of Beaver Creek Road. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
B.C. First Nations call on privacy commissioner to release community COVID-19 data

B.C. First Nations call on privacy commissioner to release community COVID-19 data

An application has been made to the office of the information and privacy commissioner

B.C. First Nations call on privacy commissioner to release community COVID-19 data
Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson was named the new leader of the Christian Heritage Party of BC at the party’s annual general meeting in Abbotsford on Monday. (Submitted)

Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson named new leader of Christian Heritage Party of BC

Television and online personality acclaimed as new leader at party AGM in Abbotsford on Monday

Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson was named the new leader of the Christian Heritage Party of BC at the party’s annual general meeting in Abbotsford on Monday. (Submitted)
A monumental old-growth yellow cedar tree in the at-risk headwaters of Fairy Creek. Port Renfrew protesters have said the blockade that was launched on Aug. 10 will continue till the government meets their demands. Photo courtesy TJ Watt.

Vancouver Island protesters call B.C.’s response to new old-growth report a ‘diversion’

Port Renfrew blockade continues as protesters want Fairy Creek Watershed included in deferral areas

A monumental old-growth yellow cedar tree in the at-risk headwaters of Fairy Creek. Port Renfrew protesters have said the blockade that was launched on Aug. 10 will continue till the government meets their demands. Photo courtesy TJ Watt.
Echo Centre on Wallace Street in Port Alberni includes Echo Pool, the community centre, Alberni Valley Museum and the VIRL Port Alberni library.

Alberni’s pool set to re-open in October

Sauna and hot tub will remain closed, following COVID-19 guidelines

Echo Centre on Wallace Street in Port Alberni includes Echo Pool, the community centre, Alberni Valley Museum and the VIRL Port Alberni library.
Scott Fraser, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim, stands with his family. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

Mid Island-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser won’t seek re-election

Fraser one of two MLAs to announce intentions as election rumours swirl in B.C.

Scott Fraser, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim, stands with his family. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Scott Fraser, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim, stands with his family. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

Mid Island-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser won’t seek re-election

Fraser one of two MLAs to announce intentions as election rumours swirl in B.C.

Scott Fraser, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim, stands with his family. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)