Alberni Valley

Tootie, left, and Prince Harry are two feral kittens currently being fostered through Valley Cats — Alberni Cat Rescue. <ins>Tootie was discovered with ‘swimmer syndrome’, meaning her back legs were splayed outward. She is receiving physiotherapy three times per day and her legs are splinted to helpl build muscle to keep her legs in the correct place for walking.</ins> (PHOTO COURTESY VALLEY CATS)

More cats than cash: Port Alberni cat rescue operates on a shoestring

Valley Cats rescues more than 100 kittens and cats per year

 

River Bend Bridge, which crosses the Somass River at Falls Street on one side and Tsuma-as Drive at the other, has gone through different iterations since it was first built circa 1910. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

LETTER: The ‘Orange Bridge’ presents perfect path to Truth and Reconciliation

Port Alberni could come together to make symbolic gesture

  • Oct 27, 2021

 

The success of a book written about Vancouver Island war brides encouraged the late Sharon Hillman to continue writing about people of the Alberni Valley as a fundraiser for the Alberni Valley Hospice Society and Ty Watson House’s Reflections program. Hillman produced a book of loggers’ tales in May 2017. (ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Port Alberni ladies’ golf clubs wrap up 2021 season

Final joint event offered a chance to raise funds in former member Sharon Hillman’s memory

 

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LETTER: Port Alberni senior in dire straits over dental work, says system is flawed

I have recently started a GoFundMe account to help pay for my dental work…

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Dr. Dorothy (Sam) Williams, chief of staff and medical director for West Coast General Hospital, checks out an artist’s rendering of the remodeled emergency department. An official groundbreaking for the $6.2-million expansion took place Oct. 8, 2021, although construction began in September. (PHOTO COURTESY ISLAND HEALTH)

$6.2M expansion at West Coast General Hospital brings improvement to patient care

Plans include seclusion room for people in crisis, separate entrance for ambulances

Dr. Dorothy (Sam) Williams, chief of staff and medical director for West Coast General Hospital, checks out an artist’s rendering of the remodeled emergency department. An official groundbreaking for the $6.2-million expansion took place Oct. 8, 2021, although construction began in September. (PHOTO COURTESY ISLAND HEALTH)
Port Alberni residents can play the ACRD’s Sort’nGo game, and get a chance to win a year of free solid waste pickup!

Port Alberni has lots to celebrate when it comes to waste reduction

Last month the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District launched the Sort’nGo Organics collection service…

  • Oct 18, 2021
Port Alberni residents can play the ACRD’s Sort’nGo game, and get a chance to win a year of free solid waste pickup!
Dog Mountain Brewing owners Andy Richards and Robin Miles, from left, and Twin City Brewing owner Aaron Colyn show off their awards (gold and bronze, respectively) from the Canadian Brewing Awards in Quebec City in September. (PHOTO COURTESY DOG MOUNTAIN BREWING)

Port Alberni brewers win big at national brewing competition

Brewers also noticed at annual Growlies, voted on by public

Dog Mountain Brewing owners Andy Richards and Robin Miles, from left, and Twin City Brewing owner Aaron Colyn show off their awards (gold and bronze, respectively) from the Canadian Brewing Awards in Quebec City in September. (PHOTO COURTESY DOG MOUNTAIN BREWING)
Forward depth is a strength for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs this season, bringing high hopes of the famous Bulldogs goal horn sounding many times this season. Kevin Rothbauer photo

Bulldogs hit the ice with expectations high

When the puck drops on the Bulldogs’ home opener on Oct. 15,…

  • Oct 11, 2021
Forward depth is a strength for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs this season, bringing high hopes of the famous Bulldogs goal horn sounding many times this season. Kevin Rothbauer photo
The Donut Shop at Harbour Quay in Port Alberni has been delighting customers for more than 25 years. It's just one of many places in the Alberni Valley generating big smiles for locals and visitors alike! Chris Istace photo

Port Alberni will take you to your happy place

#EXPLOREPORTALBERNI #SMILE

  • Oct 11, 2021
The Donut Shop at Harbour Quay in Port Alberni has been delighting customers for more than 25 years. It's just one of many places in the Alberni Valley generating big smiles for locals and visitors alike! Chris Istace photo
NIC is celebrating Thrive Month throughout October with a range of activities to support mental health and well-being. Photo by Kim Stallknecht

North Island College Thrive Month supports student mental health

Thrive Month is taking place at North Island College through the month…

NIC is celebrating Thrive Month throughout October with a range of activities to support mental health and well-being. Photo by Kim Stallknecht
Harry Sperber, left, receives his winnings from Alberni Valley Tyee Club’s Carolyn Jasken after his 30.3-pound earned him top prize for the 2021 ladder season. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Magic number was 30 lbs. for Alberni Valley Tyee Club’s biggest fish of 2021

Anglers had a strong season despite COVID-19 challenges

Harry Sperber, left, receives his winnings from Alberni Valley Tyee Club’s Carolyn Jasken after his 30.3-pound earned him top prize for the 2021 ladder season. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Nicole Dabney, left, from Port Alberni, celebrates her bronze win at the B.C. horseshoe championships Sept. 4–5 in Abbotsford with first-place winner Heidi Haraga. (PHOTO COURTESY SAM TOMASEVIC)
Nicole Dabney, left, from Port Alberni, celebrates her bronze win at the B.C. horseshoe championships Sept. 4–5 in Abbotsford with first-place winner Heidi Haraga. (PHOTO COURTESY SAM TOMASEVIC)
A small group of former workers, workers and family members of residents walk with placards protesting conditions at Fir Park Village on Wallace Street and Echo Village on 10th Avenue, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 in Port Alberni. (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the AV News)
A small group of former workers, workers and family members of residents walk with placards protesting conditions at Fir Park Village on Wallace Street and Echo Village on 10th Avenue, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 in Port Alberni. (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the AV News)
Agriculture Minister Lana Popham, left, and Port Alberni Port Authority (PAPA) chair Shelley Chrest cut the ribbon at the grand opening for Dock+, the food hub at the former Port Fish plant by Tyee Landing, on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the AV News)

The Dock+ food hub fuels appetites and innovation in Port Alberni

The new food hub formally opened with a showcase of vendors

  • Oct 5, 2021
Agriculture Minister Lana Popham, left, and Port Alberni Port Authority (PAPA) chair Shelley Chrest cut the ribbon at the grand opening for Dock+, the food hub at the former Port Fish plant by Tyee Landing, on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the AV News)
Lighting the way
Jeanette Carnell finishes her lantern at the New Horizons Clubhouse prior to participating in the Canadian Mental Health Association’s walk for World Suicide Prevention Day Sept. 10, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Canadian Mental Health Association lights the way in Port Alberni

Sept. 10 was World Suicide Awareness Day

Lighting the way
Jeanette Carnell finishes her lantern at the New Horizons Clubhouse prior to participating in the Canadian Mental Health Association’s walk for World Suicide Prevention Day Sept. 10, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Sid Morton is one of the regular walkers at Bob Dailey Stadium. At 98 years old he enjoys both the daily exercise and the socializing with fellow walkers. (ORLANDO DELANO/ Special to the AV News)

VALLEY SENIORS: Sid Morton walks for health and friendship

Outdoor track at Port Alberni facility has been a lifesaver through pandemic

Sid Morton is one of the regular walkers at Bob Dailey Stadium. At 98 years old he enjoys both the daily exercise and the socializing with fellow walkers. (ORLANDO DELANO/ Special to the AV News)
Cases of COVID-19 are creeping up in the Alberni-Clayoquot health region, mainly from close contact in households and social events, says Island Health (GRAPHIC COURTESY BCCDC.CA)

Alberni-Clayoquot becoming COVID-19 hotspot on Vancouver Island

Cluster of cases at elementary school the latest for Island school districts

Cases of COVID-19 are creeping up in the Alberni-Clayoquot health region, mainly from close contact in households and social events, says Island Health (GRAPHIC COURTESY BCCDC.CA)
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

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)
Tugboats and pod dozers are an integral part of the forestry industry, despite the fact they are marine-based vessels. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

FORESTRY WEEK: Company performs a century of engineering feats

Canadian Maritime Engineering has built boats for forestry companies since pre-1920s

Tugboats and pod dozers are an integral part of the forestry industry, despite the fact they are marine-based vessels. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Crews working with the Alberni Valley Community Forest piled waste wood close to the roadside to provide easy access for the public to cut firewood. (PHOTO COURTESY AVCF)

FORESTRY WEEK: Alberni Valley Community Forest sees increased use

Trail system showcases biodiversity of Alberni Valley’s forests, AVCF practices

Crews working with the Alberni Valley Community Forest piled waste wood close to the roadside to provide easy access for the public to cut firewood. (PHOTO COURTESY AVCF)