Port Alberni

Port Alberni city council met in person on Oct. 12, 2021 for the first time in more than a year and a half. (ELENA RARDON./ ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni hires consultant to update its Official Community Plan

Officials say updated document will guide city through new development pressures

 

Alice Sam, left, Graham Hughes and Lisa George (holding Hughes’ puppy Riot) volunteer at a nighttime ‘pop-up’ warming centre at a city-owned parking lot on Fourth Avenue, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. The temporary warming shelter included two propane firepits, food, warm drinks, Naloxone and hygiene kits. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

City of Port Alberni OKs outdoor warming centres this winter

Pop-up warming centres were successful in 2020, 2021

 

A towering structure of girders marks the spot where Imperial Cannery used to be located along the Steveston Waterfront. Marine industrial machinery and other material have been incorporated into the Lower Mainland community’s boardwalk. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Steveston is a perfect blend of history and trendiness

This is something that could be done here in Port Alberni

 

The Community Arts Council held its annual book sale at the former Gill Elementary School grounds on Beaver Creek Road on July 17. Dozens of people came out to check out the selection of books for sale. The giant book sale is the Community Arts Council’s biggest fundraiser of the year. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

ARTS AROUND: Rollin Art Centre looking for book donations

The Port Alberni gallery will be holding a Giant Book Sale fundraiser in 2022

The Community Arts Council held its annual book sale at the former Gill Elementary School grounds on Beaver Creek Road on July 17. Dozens of people came out to check out the selection of books for sale. The giant book sale is the Community Arts Council’s biggest fundraiser of the year. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Port Alberni city hall. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)

EDITORIAL: Residents have a say in City of Port Alberni’s vision

The city is going to revamp its Official Community Plan

Port Alberni city hall. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Victoria Quay is located on the Somass River in Port Alberni. Also the unceded territory of the Tseshaht and Hupacasath First Nations. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

LETTER: Port Alberni’s quay to quay walkway survey misses the mark

First question should have been ‘do you want a walkway,’ says writer

  • Oct 13, 2021
Victoria Quay is located on the Somass River in Port Alberni. Also the unceded territory of the Tseshaht and Hupacasath First Nations. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Devynn Holst won first prize at the Alberni District Fall Fair for her quilt. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Curiosity for quilting pays off for Port Alberni student in the form of a blue ribbon

‘Genius’ project at elementary school gave student time to learn a new skill

Devynn Holst won first prize at the Alberni District Fall Fair for her quilt. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Authors Susan Raby-Dunne and Bill Arnott will be the featured readers at Electric Mermaid on Friday, Oct. 15. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Writers share the spotlight at Oct. 15 Electric Mermaid in Port Alberni

Literary event will take place in person at Char’s Landing and via Zoom

Authors Susan Raby-Dunne and Bill Arnott will be the featured readers at Electric Mermaid on Friday, Oct. 15. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
John Mayba and brought the region’s climate emergency into focus with a rally Sept. 8 in front of Port Alberni City Hall. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Survey shows concern for climate impact in Alberni Valley

Alberni Climate Action is a community group formed to work on local climate crisis issues

John Mayba and brought the region’s climate emergency into focus with a rally Sept. 8 in front of Port Alberni City Hall. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
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)
Racers take part in the wheel to wheel action on Sunday, Oct. 3. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Offroad racing roars back in Port Alberni

Races saw an almost two-year break due to COVID-19 restrictions

Racers take part in the wheel to wheel action on Sunday, Oct. 3. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
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
Members of the public, city staff and consultants gather at the Echo Centre on Oct. 6 to discuss the proposed Connect the Quays pathway. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni seeks public input for $7.2M ‘Connect the Quays’ walkway proposal

Final public engagement session scheduled for Nov. 3. Online survey still open too

Members of the public, city staff and consultants gather at the Echo Centre on Oct. 6 to discuss the proposed Connect the Quays pathway. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
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)
Volunteers with the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive stand in front of a pile of donations. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Volunteers with the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive stand in front of a pile of donations. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The Stone Poets will be performing at Char’s Landing in Port Alberni on Oct. 8, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY MICAH GARDENER)
The Stone Poets will be performing at Char’s Landing in Port Alberni on Oct. 8, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY MICAH GARDENER)
Greg Penny picks up recycling bins on Sixth Avenue in Port Alberni on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. This week will be his final week with the previous recycling truck, as the City of Port Alberni is switching to a new three-cart system as of Sept. 13. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Eagle-eyed blue-box collector says goodbye to Port Alberni customers

New automated waste system diverts garbage from Alberni Valley Landfill

Greg Penny picks up recycling bins on Sixth Avenue in Port Alberni on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. This week will be his final week with the previous recycling truck, as the City of Port Alberni is switching to a new three-cart system as of Sept. 13. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Valley Vonka winners from left to right: Ike Dokter, Wendy Haas, Jim Doiron, Jensen Warson Castley and MaryLee Castley. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Second Valley Vonka fundraiser raises more than $5K for Literacy Alberni

The fundraiser was inspired by the Golden Ticket contest from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Valley Vonka winners from left to right: Ike Dokter, Wendy Haas, Jim Doiron, Jensen Warson Castley and MaryLee Castley. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The Men’s Golf Club made $1,000 from their charity closest to the pin this year. King Edward Liquor store matched this with a $1,000 donation of their own. The funds went to The Alberni Valley Hospice Society. From left to right are committee member Ted Stewart, King Edward Liquor Store manager Ken Porteous, committee member Preben Rasmussen and Teresa Ludvigson, executive director of the Alberni Valley Hospice Society. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

ALBERNI GOLF: Men’s golf club makes donation to Alberni Valley Hospice Society

The Men’s Golf Club hosted its year-end scramble

  • Oct 6, 2021
The Men’s Golf Club made $1,000 from their charity closest to the pin this year. King Edward Liquor store matched this with a $1,000 donation of their own. The funds went to The Alberni Valley Hospice Society. From left to right are committee member Ted Stewart, King Edward Liquor Store manager Ken Porteous, committee member Preben Rasmussen and Teresa Ludvigson, executive director of the Alberni Valley Hospice Society. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
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LETTER: Different vision could create better community and leave beaver ponds alone

I’m sad to see the excitement generated by San Group’s plans…

  • Oct 6, 2021
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