Port Alberni

‘Strength from Within’ is a sculpture by artist Connie Watts that stands next to the Tseshaht Longhouse, on the site of the former Alberni Indian Residential School (AIRS). It commemorates survivors and those who did not make it home. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Island First Nation asks for healing centre at site of former residential school

MP Gord Johns supports Tseshaht First Nation’s request

‘Strength from Within’ is a sculpture by artist Connie Watts that stands next to the Tseshaht Longhouse, on the site of the former Alberni Indian Residential School (AIRS). It commemorates survivors and those who did not make it home. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)
The boat launch at the Water Street Wharf will be closed Thursday, June 3, 2021 so the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) can work on its pier. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Boat launch closes June 3 for spill response base construction

Parking lot behind Port Boat House will also be affected

The boat launch at the Water Street Wharf will be closed Thursday, June 3, 2021 so the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) can work on its pier. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
San Group owners Kamal Sanghera, left, Suki Sanghera and Paul Deol (from the Langley operation) announce $100 million in investments in their Port Alberni forestry operations on June 2, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

San Group will invest $100M in four forestry-based projects in Port Alberni

Deal includes $50M to start shipping lumber instead of raw logs from Island port

San Group owners Kamal Sanghera, left, Suki Sanghera and Paul Deol (from the Langley operation) announce $100 million in investments in their Port Alberni forestry operations on June 2, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
A painting by Sue Thomas. More of Thomas’s work will be on display at the Rollin Art Centre this summer. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

ARTS AROUND: Rollin Art Centre prepares for summer camps

Current exhibit features five female Port Alberni artists

  • Jun 2, 2021
A painting by Sue Thomas. More of Thomas’s work will be on display at the Rollin Art Centre this summer. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Island Heath has issued an overdose advisory for Port Alberni. If someone has overdosed, administering naloxone can help. File photo

Overdose advisory issued for Port Alberni, Cowichan

Island Health warns of increased number of overdoses

Island Heath has issued an overdose advisory for Port Alberni. If someone has overdosed, administering naloxone can help. File photo
A hungry black bear paid a visit to a Beaver Creek home in 2020 to eat some leftover apples that hadn’t been harvested. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)

WildSafeBC prepares for black bear season in Port Alberni

WildSafeBC focuses on prevention as the best way to avoid or manage human-wildlife conflicts

A hungry black bear paid a visit to a Beaver Creek home in 2020 to eat some leftover apples that hadn’t been harvested. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Members of the Alberni District Secondary School 2021 grad committee thank Bruce Molander, centre, of San Cedar Direct for the lumber company’s sponsorship of prom activities this year. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Corporate sponsor signs on for ADSS 2021 prom activities

San Group said decision was easy to support volunteer efforts

Members of the Alberni District Secondary School 2021 grad committee thank Bruce Molander, centre, of San Cedar Direct for the lumber company’s sponsorship of prom activities this year. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Robin Miles and Andy Richards, left, with dog Gary Richards, join David Wiwchar and Megan Gibson, far right, in presenting Ellen Frood, front, with a cheque. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni radio station, craft brewery pair up for good cause

PEAK FM, Dog Mountain Brewery create special fundraising brew

Robin Miles and Andy Richards, left, with dog Gary Richards, join David Wiwchar and Megan Gibson, far right, in presenting Ellen Frood, front, with a cheque. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Paving is planned for the “S” curves at the bottom of the Hump on Highway 4. (GOOGLE MAPS SCREENSHOT)

Construction to begin on Highway 4 starting June 7

Mainroad crews will be paving the “S” curves east of Port Alberni summit

Paving is planned for the “S” curves at the bottom of the Hump on Highway 4. (GOOGLE MAPS SCREENSHOT)
Two young boys place shoes along the Orange Bridge in Port Alberni to honour residential school victims. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Alberni Valley reacts to residential school discovery

Residential school survivors and their First Nations families hold vigils

Two young boys place shoes along the Orange Bridge in Port Alberni to honour residential school victims. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The proposed “Mothers’ Centre” on Kendall Avenue in Port Alberni. (PHOTO COURTESY HUU-AY-AHT FIRST NATIONS)

Huu-ay-aht First Nations prepare to build Oomiiqsu, a unique centre for mothers and children

Centre will include childcare centre, live-in housing units for young families

The proposed “Mothers’ Centre” on Kendall Avenue in Port Alberni. (PHOTO COURTESY HUU-AY-AHT FIRST NATIONS)
The pride flag will have to be flown digitally for 2021 celebrations this August. (Langley Advance Times files)

Port Alberni celebrates Pride with week of virtual events

Pride flag to fly at various locations around town

The pride flag will have to be flown digitally for 2021 celebrations this August. (Langley Advance Times files)
Alberni Brewing Company co-owner Heather Welsh said seeing restaurant full of people on May 26 was exciting. The craft brewery was open less than a week when B.C.’s provincial health officer imposed ‘circuit-breaker’ closures in late March to try and stop rising COVID-19 case numbers. (PHOTO COURTESY HEATHER WELSH)

Port Alberni restaurants relieved to open doors for indoor dining again

Owners thank staff, community for support during tough COVID-19 ‘circuit-breaker’

Alberni Brewing Company co-owner Heather Welsh said seeing restaurant full of people on May 26 was exciting. The craft brewery was open less than a week when B.C.’s provincial health officer imposed ‘circuit-breaker’ closures in late March to try and stop rising COVID-19 case numbers. (PHOTO COURTESY HEATHER WELSH)
John Mayba of Cycle Alberni wears one of the new Go By Bike t-shirts that are available during Go By Bike week from May 31 to June 6. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Cycle Alberni encourages cyclists to get and out ride for Go By Bike week

Go By Bike Week is scheduled for May 31 to June 6

John Mayba of Cycle Alberni wears one of the new Go By Bike t-shirts that are available during Go By Bike week from May 31 to June 6. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Port Alberni’s BCHL ownership team is bringing a Junior B hockey team to the city for 2021-22. (SCREENSHOT)

Port Alberni joins Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League with new team

Port Alberni Bombers cleared for takeoff in 2021

Port Alberni’s BCHL ownership team is bringing a Junior B hockey team to the city for 2021-22. (SCREENSHOT)
Paige Beardsworth with Tucker, the inspiration for her book “Talented Tucker’s Tricks.” (SONJA DRINKWATER / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Talented Port Alberni pooch inspires children’s book

The book is geared mainly to children aged 3-7

  • May 27, 2021
Paige Beardsworth with Tucker, the inspiration for her book “Talented Tucker’s Tricks.” (SONJA DRINKWATER / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
River Bend Bridge has gone through different iterations since it was first built circa 1910. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

QUINN’S QUIPS: How much does a name matter?

The debate about the Orange Bridge in Port Alberni isn’t new…

River Bend Bridge has gone through different iterations since it was first built circa 1910. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
The Alberni Golf Club is located on Cherry Creek Road. (FILE PHOTO)

ALBERNI GOLF: Stewart wins in May long weekend golf

Next Sunday, May 30 is the altered course four-man scramble

  • May 26, 2021
The Alberni Golf Club is located on Cherry Creek Road. (FILE PHOTO)
New Bare Bones restaurant owner Lance Dodding, his wife Matraca and son Ryker pose with previous owners Steve and AC Evans. Dodding is renovating the restaurant and expanding the outdoor patio at the historic church building on Johnston Road in Port Alberni. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

BUSINESS BEAT: New family takes over Bare Bones restaurant

Popular Port Alberni eatery undergoing renos, including a new outdoor patio

  • May 26, 2021
New Bare Bones restaurant owner Lance Dodding, his wife Matraca and son Ryker pose with previous owners Steve and AC Evans. Dodding is renovating the restaurant and expanding the outdoor patio at the historic church building on Johnston Road in Port Alberni. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Dewayne Parfitt has lived and volunteered in Port Alberni for more than 30 years. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

VALLEY SENIORS: Port Alberni’s Dewayne Parfitt has volunteer spirit

Dewayne Parfitt was named Citizen of the Year Award in 2018

  • May 26, 2021
Dewayne Parfitt has lived and volunteered in Port Alberni for more than 30 years. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)