Alberni Valley

A pair of Port Alberni Salmon Derby participants drop their lines in Alberni Harbour during the annual Labour Day fishing derby. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)

Alberni’s Somass River sockeye return doubles its original forecast

With the sockeye run mostly past, anglers and advocates paying close attention to chinook run

 

A watercolour of Harbour Quay, by Joan Ackerman, draws attention in Summer-Seasonal Imagery, currently on exhibit at the Rollin Art Centre for August 2022. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni artist combines passion for painting, west coast in gallery pieces

Joan Ackerman’s watercolours come to life in Rollin gallery’s Summer–Seasonal Imagery

  • Aug 10, 2022

 

BC Hydro will be releasing three pulse flows of water from Elsie Lake Dam to assist steelhead migration down the Ash River. The first pulse will take place starting Aug. 16, 2022. (BC HYDRO PHOTO)

BC Hydro plans three water releases into Ash River in August

‘Pulse flows’ from Elsie Lake dam to assist steelhead migration

 

McKenzie Carrigan, age 12, enjoys fishing for the big one during the 2021 AV Lions Club Bullhead Derby. (SONJA DRINKWATER / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS)

Alberni Valley Lions Club brings back bullhead derby for kids

Maritime Discovery Centre pier will be the place for fishing on Aug. 20

McKenzie Carrigan, age 12, enjoys fishing for the big one during the 2021 AV Lions Club Bullhead Derby. (SONJA DRINKWATER / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS)
Joseph and Clara Clegg. Joseph Clegg was born on March 13, 1875, in Salford, Lancashire, England. He married Clara Orange September 12, 1900. They had five children; Alice (1901), David Alfred (1903), Frank (1904), Lucy (1906), and Eva (1909).
The family moved to Canada in 1912. He was a photographer in Port Alberni from 1912 until 1945.
 Joseph Clegg died March 22, 1961 in Port Alberni and is buried here. Circa 1930. This is one of 24,000 photos included in the Alberni Valley Museum’s online archives, accessible at https://portalberni.pastperfectonline.com. (PHOTO PN21565 COURTESY AV MUSEUM)

A LOOK BACK: Portrait of an iconic Port Alberni photographer

Joseph Clegg turned his photography hobby into a career in the city’s early days

Joseph and Clara Clegg. Joseph Clegg was born on March 13, 1875, in Salford, Lancashire, England. He married Clara Orange September 12, 1900. They had five children; Alice (1901), David Alfred (1903), Frank (1904), Lucy (1906), and Eva (1909).
The family moved to Canada in 1912. He was a photographer in Port Alberni from 1912 until 1945.
 Joseph Clegg died March 22, 1961 in Port Alberni and is buried here. Circa 1930. This is one of 24,000 photos included in the Alberni Valley Museum’s online archives, accessible at https://portalberni.pastperfectonline.com. (PHOTO PN21565 COURTESY AV MUSEUM)
Jasper Amos pets a hedgehog with Penny Wouters, right, of Boots and Bridles 4-H Club, Friday, July 22, 2022 at the Fall Fair Night Market. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Alberni District Fall Fair night market becomes a bit of a barn raiser

July 22 event raised funds to replace horse barn destroyed in suspicious fire

Jasper Amos pets a hedgehog with Penny Wouters, right, of Boots and Bridles 4-H Club, Friday, July 22, 2022 at the Fall Fair Night Market. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Blake Timothy, 6, left, Gabriel Burney, 5, Teagan Eyford and Blaike Eyford, 9 prepare their spot to watch the Sunset Cinema outdoor movie at Bob Dailey Stadium on July 17, 2022. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)

SCENE AND HEARD: Outdoor movie a big draw for Port Alberni audiences

Sunset Cinema raises thousands for Vancouver Island children’s organization

  • Aug 5, 2022
Blake Timothy, 6, left, Gabriel Burney, 5, Teagan Eyford and Blaike Eyford, 9 prepare their spot to watch the Sunset Cinema outdoor movie at Bob Dailey Stadium on July 17, 2022. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)
Ksyden Jasken broke onto the Alberni Valley tyee Club leaderboard in the juniors category at the end of July 2022 with a 12.9-pound chinook caught with bait at Ten Mile Point. (ALBERNI VALLEY TYEE CLUB PHOTO)

Alberni Valley Tyee Club’s 2022 ladder season ramps up as chinook start running

First leaders in both adult, junior ladders weigh in at the end of July

Ksyden Jasken broke onto the Alberni Valley tyee Club leaderboard in the juniors category at the end of July 2022 with a 12.9-pound chinook caught with bait at Ten Mile Point. (ALBERNI VALLEY TYEE CLUB PHOTO)
‘All Tied Up’ is an oil on paper by Faye Hoffman, a newcomer to the Alberni Valley art scene. Hoffman is featured in ‘Summer-Seasonal Imagery’ at the Rollin Art Centre. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

It’s ‘Summer’ at the Rollin Art Centre gallery in Port Alberni

Newcomers Andrew Bartley, Faye Hoffman among exhibitors who focus on summer as a theme

  • Aug 3, 2022
‘All Tied Up’ is an oil on paper by Faye Hoffman, a newcomer to the Alberni Valley art scene. Hoffman is featured in ‘Summer-Seasonal Imagery’ at the Rollin Art Centre. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Youth who are looking for a way to become involved in the search for Amber Manthorne have been painting rocks pink with ‘Finding Amber’ on the front and the tips line (phone 250-730-1544) written on the back. Manthorne has not been seen since July 7, 2022. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Hope is solid that Amber Manthorne will come back

‘Amber’s Army’ finds a way for kids to show their support for search

Youth who are looking for a way to become involved in the search for Amber Manthorne have been painting rocks pink with ‘Finding Amber’ on the front and the tips line (phone 250-730-1544) written on the back. Manthorne has not been seen since July 7, 2022. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Alberni Valley Hill Climbers ATV Club is one of five to sign an access agreement with Mosaic Forest Management to access the backcountry. (AV HILL CLIMBERS CLUB PHOTO)

Vancouver Island ATV clubs reach back-country agreement with Mosaic

Forest management company grants access with certain restrictions; ATV clubs agree

  • Aug 2, 2022
Alberni Valley Hill Climbers ATV Club is one of five to sign an access agreement with Mosaic Forest Management to access the backcountry. (AV HILL CLIMBERS CLUB PHOTO)
Walter Tarnowsky, right, general manager of Catalyst Paper—a Paper Excellence Mill in Port Alberni, donates $2,000 to Ed and Naomi Nicholson for their second annual Chims Fest, happening Saturday, Aug. 6 at Chims Guest House. (PHOTO COURTESY NAOMI NICHOLSON)

Chims Fest mixes Indigenous culture, food, fashion and a love story

Education is key to reconciliation, say Tseshaht First Nation hosts Ed and Naomi Nicholson

Walter Tarnowsky, right, general manager of Catalyst Paper—a Paper Excellence Mill in Port Alberni, donates $2,000 to Ed and Naomi Nicholson for their second annual Chims Fest, happening Saturday, Aug. 6 at Chims Guest House. (PHOTO COURTESY NAOMI NICHOLSON)
First Baptist Church pastor Bill Cottrill with Marion Bradley, left, and Elsie Mallon, who have both attended the church since they were teenagers. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)

SCENE AND HEARD: First Baptist Church celebrates 80 years in the Alberni Valley

Past pastors return to share memories with congregation

First Baptist Church pastor Bill Cottrill with Marion Bradley, left, and Elsie Mallon, who have both attended the church since they were teenagers. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)
Michelle Butt points to the back of family friend Diane Kumagai’s Daniel Butt memorial ride shirt, which Kumagai updated on her own. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)

GIVING BACK: Daniel Butt’s family, friends keep his memory alive with annual ride

Late Port Alberni teen cyclist loved annual Toy Run, which benefits from ride fundraiser

  • Jul 30, 2022
Michelle Butt points to the back of family friend Diane Kumagai’s Daniel Butt memorial ride shirt, which Kumagai updated on her own. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)
Ursula Holmes volunteers with myriad organizations in the Alberni Valley. “Volunteering is something I have always enjoyed,” she says. (ORLANDO DELANO/ Special to the AV News)

VALLEY SENIORS: Ursula Holmes is busy as ever, volunteering for The Attic and more

Longtime Port Alberni resident shows her love of her city through volunteering

  • Jul 28, 2022
Ursula Holmes volunteers with myriad organizations in the Alberni Valley. “Volunteering is something I have always enjoyed,” she says. (ORLANDO DELANO/ Special to the AV News)
(John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Alberni Valley Hospice Society brings back Butterfly Effect event

200 butterflies will be available for release on Saturday, Aug. 6

(John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
Carolyn Jasken, with her first catch of the 2022 season, says the Alberni Valley Tyee Club is going back to its roots by taking over the annual Labour Day salmon derby in Port Alberni. (PHOTO COURTESY CAROLYN JASKEN)

Alberni Valley Tyee Club bringing back Labour Day salmon derby

Tyee Club started derby in 1939, and now takes over from Salmon Festival committee

Carolyn Jasken, with her first catch of the 2022 season, says the Alberni Valley Tyee Club is going back to its roots by taking over the annual Labour Day salmon derby in Port Alberni. (PHOTO COURTESY CAROLYN JASKEN)
Ground preparation has already begun on Timberline at North Park, the new seniors’ independent living residence being built at Anderson Avenue and North Park Drive. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Ground work begins on new seniors’ housing complex in Port Alberni

Timberline at North Park aims to allow seniors to ‘age in place’ with different types of units

Ground preparation has already begun on Timberline at North Park, the new seniors’ independent living residence being built at Anderson Avenue and North Park Drive. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
‘Amber’s Army’ was out again July 23-24, searching the backroads of Nanaimo and Port Alberni for Amber Manthorne, who has not been seen since July 7, 2022. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Large-scale public searches for missing Port Alberni woman wrap up

Amber Manthorne’s friends, family will still keep looking for woman not seen since July 7

‘Amber’s Army’ was out again July 23-24, searching the backroads of Nanaimo and Port Alberni for Amber Manthorne, who has not been seen since July 7, 2022. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
The Port Alberni Friendship Center is located on Fourth Avenue in Port Alberni. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Alberni Valley non-profit organizations share $604,000 in community gaming grants

Port Alberni Friendship Center, Family Guidance each receive $100,000 for 2022

The Port Alberni Friendship Center is located on Fourth Avenue in Port Alberni. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)