Alberni Valley

Susanne Lawson is the Green Party of Canada candidate for Courtenay-Alberni. (Submitted photo)
Susanne Lawson is the Green Party of Canada candidate for Courtenay-Alberni. (Submitted photo)
Mary Lee is the Conservative Party of Canada candidate for Courtenay-Alberni. (Submitted photo)
Mary Lee is the Conservative Party of Canada candidate for Courtenay-Alberni. (Submitted photo)
The Beaver Creek Volunteer FIre Department is headquartered on Beaver Creek Road in Port Alberni, B.C. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Alberni Valley firefighters to honour fallen colleague with line of duty service

Temporary road closures near Glenwood Centre will accommodate Sept. 11 ceremony

The Beaver Creek Volunteer FIre Department is headquartered on Beaver Creek Road in Port Alberni, B.C. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Members of the Alberni Valley Rescue Squad muster near the trail system to Cold Creek Falls, where a hiker needed to be rescued Sept. 2, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY RESCUE SQUAD)

Alberni Valley Rescue Squad rescues injured hiker

BC Search and Rescue Association stresses ‘no charge for SAR’ with video series

Members of the Alberni Valley Rescue Squad muster near the trail system to Cold Creek Falls, where a hiker needed to be rescued Sept. 2, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY RESCUE SQUAD)
John Mayba and others will bring the region’s climate emergency into focus with a rally Sept. 8 in front of Port Alberni City Hall. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni plans rally for climate change on Sept. 8

Protest to bring attention to climate change before the English federal leaders’ debate Sept. 9

John Mayba and others will bring the region’s climate emergency into focus with a rally Sept. 8 in front of Port Alberni City Hall. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Letter to the editor

LETTER: Editorial on abandoned roosters was foul, says writer

Hen Harbor says chickens and roosters have unfair reputation

  • Sep 1, 2021
Letter to the editor
Mary Lee is the Conservative Party of Canada candidate for Courtenay-Alberni. (Submitted photo)
Mary Lee is the Conservative Party of Canada candidate for Courtenay-Alberni. (Submitted photo)
Susanne Lawson is the Green Party of Canada candidate for Courtenay-Alberni. (Submitted photo)
Susanne Lawson is the Green Party of Canada candidate for Courtenay-Alberni. (Submitted photo)
Gord Johns in the NDP candidate in the Courtenay-Alberni riding. (Submitted photo)

Courtenay-Alberni candidate profile: Gord Johns, Canada’s NDP

Election night set for Sept. 20, 2021

Gord Johns in the NDP candidate in the Courtenay-Alberni riding. (Submitted photo)
Susan Farlinger is the Liberal Party of Canada candidate for Courtenay-Alberni. (Submitted photo)
Susan Farlinger is the Liberal Party of Canada candidate for Courtenay-Alberni. (Submitted photo)
Robert Eppich is the People’s Party of Candidate for Courtenay-Alberni. (Submitted photo)
Robert Eppich is the People’s Party of Candidate for Courtenay-Alberni. (Submitted photo)
Barbara Biley is the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada candidate for Courtenay-Alberni. (Submitted photo)
Barbara Biley is the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada candidate for Courtenay-Alberni. (Submitted photo)
Campfire. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media - File)

EDITORIAL: Fire demands respect, not disregard

Port Alberni’s fire crews are headed toward a record season, no thanks to bush fires

Campfire. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media - File)
Dr. Cherisse Du Preez, a marine biologist with Fisheries Canada (DFO), speaks to students live from the CCGS John P. Tully during a ship-to-shore school outreach event in June 2021. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

Nuu-chah-nulth students explore the deeps with expedition

Scientists take students underwater for virtual lesson off Island’s west coast

Dr. Cherisse Du Preez, a marine biologist with Fisheries Canada (DFO), speaks to students live from the CCGS John P. Tully during a ship-to-shore school outreach event in June 2021. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
Firefighters with the Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department test the water pressure of their house during a practice session on Aug. 14. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Alberni Valley fire departments practice together for first time since pandemic

Teamwork needed for automatic mutual aid agreements between fire halls

Firefighters with the Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department test the water pressure of their house during a practice session on Aug. 14. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Dept. members practice a variety of firefighting techniques every week. (PHOTO COURTESY SPROAT LAKE VFD)

Alberni Valley firefighters combine for training at Sproat Lake firehall

Traffic will be affected on Faber Road between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Aug. 14

Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Dept. members practice a variety of firefighting techniques every week. (PHOTO COURTESY SPROAT LAKE VFD)
One of Coulson Aviation’s aerial firefighting CH-47D Chinook helicopters hovers over the runway at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. The Chinook has been on Vancouver Island for about a week after spending time in Washington State, according to its flight history. (PHOTO COURTESY BILL MCLEOD)

B.C.-based Coulson Aviation hits milestones with firefighting in U.S.

Company’s aircraft back in California for third year in a row

One of Coulson Aviation’s aerial firefighting CH-47D Chinook helicopters hovers over the runway at the Alberni Valley Regional Airport on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. The Chinook has been on Vancouver Island for about a week after spending time in Washington State, according to its flight history. (PHOTO COURTESY BILL MCLEOD)
A team member from Alberni Valley Rescue Squad pauses at the Mount 5040 summit after successfully rescuing an injured hiker, Aug. 8, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY RICHARD JOHNS, AVRS)

Volunteer searchers from Port Alberni rescue injured hiker on Island mountain

Helicopter called to evacuate hiker from 5040 Peak, southwest of city

A team member from Alberni Valley Rescue Squad pauses at the Mount 5040 summit after successfully rescuing an injured hiker, Aug. 8, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY RICHARD JOHNS, AVRS)
Have an opinion you'd like to share? Submit letters to the editor through our website, via email or the postal service. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)

LETTER: Alberni Valley residents need to be invested in watershed issues

Interference needed to keep forestry companies on straight and narrow, says writer

  • Aug 11, 2021
Have an opinion you'd like to share? Submit letters to the editor through our website, via email or the postal service. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)
Mike Surrell of Lady Rose Marine Services purchased the MV Tenaka from BC Ferries in 2016 to add a second vessel to his passenger and freight service in Port Alberni. NEWS FILE PHOTO

End of an era for Vancouver Island as Lady Rose Marine Services announces closing

Final voyage between Port Alberni and Bamfield scheduled for Aug. 31

Mike Surrell of Lady Rose Marine Services purchased the MV Tenaka from BC Ferries in 2016 to add a second vessel to his passenger and freight service in Port Alberni. NEWS FILE PHOTO