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During a visit from North Saanich, Kathy Sanderson and Phil Scott powered up their Tesla on Jan. 29 with a new fast charging unit recently installed by BC Hydro at the Pacific Rim Visitor Centre. (Andrew Bailey photo)

New electric vehicle charger adds jolt to your Vancouver Island West Coast jaunt

50-kilowatt fast charging unit doubles charging capacity at Pacific Rim Visitor Centre

 

Don Buchner is Wheels for Wellness Society executive director. (Black Press photo)
Don Buchner is Wheels for Wellness Society executive director. (Black Press photo)

Wheels for Wellness pulls out of Vancouver Island’s west coast

Medical appointment passenger service not financially feasible, says executive director

 

(Black Press Media file photo)

Officials scramble for solutions as Tofino-Ucluelet loses bus service

Wilson’s Transportation has cancelled its Tofino Bus service in and out of the West Coast until May

 

The Ucluelet Volunteer Fire Brigade responded to a vessel fire at the outer boat basin around 1:30 a.m. Thursday. (Photo courtesy of the Ucluelet Volunteer Fire Brigade)

Vessel catches fire before sinking in Ucluelet harbour

Firefighters tackle early morning blaze on Thursday, Jan. 5

The Ucluelet Volunteer Fire Brigade responded to a vessel fire at the outer boat basin around 1:30 a.m. Thursday. (Photo courtesy of the Ucluelet Volunteer Fire Brigade)
Victoria Feige is carried out of the surf and onto the podium by Team Canada coaches Albie Sears, left, and Shannon Brown after winning her fourth women’s kneel world title on Dec. 10. (ISA Pablo Franco photo)

Historic win for Canadian para surfer Victoria Feige

Feige is a para surfing GOAT after winning her fourth world title in women’s kneel

Victoria Feige is carried out of the surf and onto the podium by Team Canada coaches Albie Sears, left, and Shannon Brown after winning her fourth women’s kneel world title on Dec. 10. (ISA Pablo Franco photo)
Ucluelet senior Katharine Fleming’s SUV was one of 35 vehicles that West Coast black bears broke into this year. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Bears broke into 35 vehicles in Tofino-Ucluelet this year

Eight bears were killed after becoming food-conditioned past the point of no return

Ucluelet senior Katharine Fleming’s SUV was one of 35 vehicles that West Coast black bears broke into this year. (Andrew Bailey photo)
New B.C. Premier David Eby welcomes Mid Island-Pacific Rim MLA Josie Osborne into his cabinet as B.C. Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation. (PROVINCE OF B.C. PHOTO)

Mid Island-Pacific Rim MLA gets new B.C. cabinet position under David Eby

Third spot on cabinet for Josie Osborne since she was elected in 2020

New B.C. Premier David Eby welcomes Mid Island-Pacific Rim MLA Josie Osborne into his cabinet as B.C. Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation. (PROVINCE OF B.C. PHOTO)
Highway 4 on ‘the Hump’—Alberni Summit—looks slushy and wet at 4:21 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022 on the DriveBC.ca webcam. (DRIVEBC.CA SCREENSHOT)

Snowfall warning issued for Highway 4 at Alberni Summit

Drivers advised to avoid ‘the Hump’ and the Malahat near Victoria on Dec. 2

Highway 4 on ‘the Hump’—Alberni Summit—looks slushy and wet at 4:21 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022 on the DriveBC.ca webcam. (DRIVEBC.CA SCREENSHOT)
Crews install a cantilever along Hwy. 4 in August 2022. (BC Ministry of transportation and infrastructure photo)

Province promises Tofino-Ucluelet highway will open to two-way traffic in early 2023

Four years of travel delays may finally be coming to an end for West Coast residents and visitors

Crews install a cantilever along Hwy. 4 in August 2022. (BC Ministry of transportation and infrastructure photo)
The new Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District board. Not present are Wilfred Cootes, Alan McCarthy and Tom Stere. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District holds inaugural board meeting

Some First Nations still without a voice at the table in regional district

The new Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District board. Not present are Wilfred Cootes, Alan McCarthy and Tom Stere. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
This photo, circa 1905, shows Capt. Binn (right) and Mr. Sutton panning for gold at Wreck Bay, Vancouver Island. The area is now known as Florencia Bay. This and 24,000 other historical photos can be seen on the Alberni Valley Museum’s online photo archive at portalberni.pastperfectonline.com. (PHOTO PN02704 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)

A LOOK BACK: Ucluelet was almost the site of a gold rush in 1899

Learn more about Alberni Valley and west coast history with the Alberni Valley Museum

This photo, circa 1905, shows Capt. Binn (right) and Mr. Sutton panning for gold at Wreck Bay, Vancouver Island. The area is now known as Florencia Bay. This and 24,000 other historical photos can be seen on the Alberni Valley Museum’s online photo archive at portalberni.pastperfectonline.com. (PHOTO PN02704 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)
Warren Barr and Lily Verney-Downey smile at the bar of their Pluvio Restaurant, which was recently named Canada’s best fine dining restaurantby TripAdvisor. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Ucluelet restaurant named Canada’s best fine dining experience

Pluvio tops TripAdvisor’s Best of the Best Awards

Warren Barr and Lily Verney-Downey smile at the bar of their Pluvio Restaurant, which was recently named Canada’s best fine dining restaurantby TripAdvisor. (Andrew Bailey photo)
West Coast community members celebrate the unveiling of a new Welcome Map at the Junction visitor centre on Oct. 19. (Nora O’Malley photo)

New Welcome Map unveiled at Pacific Rim Visitor Centre

New visitor map acknowledges six Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations tribes, municipalities and the Park Reserve

West Coast community members celebrate the unveiling of a new Welcome Map at the Junction visitor centre on Oct. 19. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Edge to Edge Half Marathoners burst over start line on Sunday morning, Oct. 16, in front of the Ucluelet Community Hall. (Melissa Renwick photo)

Ucluelet’s Edge to Edge Half Marathon and 10km makes stellar return

650 runners took to the Wild Pacific Trail on Sunday, Oct. 16

Edge to Edge Half Marathoners burst over start line on Sunday morning, Oct. 16, in front of the Ucluelet Community Hall. (Melissa Renwick photo)
Ucluelet Fire Chief and Tour de Rock rider Rick Geddes proposed to Donna Monteith at a fundraising event held at the Ucluelet Co-op on Saturday. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Tour de Rock rider proposes to now-fiancé at Island cancer-fighting tour stop

Ucluelet Fire Chief Rick Geddes pops the question to Donna Monteith at fundraising event

Ucluelet Fire Chief and Tour de Rock rider Rick Geddes proposed to Donna Monteith at a fundraising event held at the Ucluelet Co-op on Saturday. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Ucluelet garbageman Frank Thomas Trodden took this photo of just some of the bounty he received during an appreciation day held in his honour to thank him for his hard work and positive attitude. (Photo courtesy of Frank Thomas Trodden)

B.C. small town shows its ‘Frank Appreciation’ for popular garbage collector

“Thanks Frank for doing a great job. We really do appreciate you.”

Ucluelet garbageman Frank Thomas Trodden took this photo of just some of the bounty he received during an appreciation day held in his honour to thank him for his hard work and positive attitude. (Photo courtesy of Frank Thomas Trodden)
PHOTO FINISH: Dorian Baird, 11, zips over the finish line in his Delorean time machine soap box race car during the Sept. 17 Dustin Riley Soap Box Derby at Ucluelet’s Bay Street. Dorian went on to win top spot of the Tier B group. (Nora O’Malley photos)

PHOTOS: 2022 Dustin Riley Soap Box Derby in Ucluelet

Ukee kids had a blast on Saturday, Sept. 17 zooming down Bay…

PHOTO FINISH: Dorian Baird, 11, zips over the finish line in his Delorean time machine soap box race car during the Sept. 17 Dustin Riley Soap Box Derby at Ucluelet’s Bay Street. Dorian went on to win top spot of the Tier B group. (Nora O’Malley photos)
Crews install a cantilever along Hwy. 4 in August 2022. (BC Ministry of transportation and infrastructure photo)

Kennedy Hill closures resume as lengthy Highway 4 project hits home stretch

Ministry says $53.96 million project is roughly 90% complete

Crews install a cantilever along Hwy. 4 in August 2022. (BC Ministry of transportation and infrastructure photo)
It started with pizza delivery. (Pixabay photo)

Dial-a-dope drug bust in Ucluelet delivers pizza delivery man to house arrest

Pizza delivery to undercover cops leads to convictions

It started with pizza delivery. (Pixabay photo)
James Manke has been “overwhelmed” by the local support he’s received since rolling new life into the town’s iconic The Wreckage building with a brand new kayak museum. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Traditional kayaking museum debuts in The Wreckage of B.C.’s wild West Coast

Manke at the Wreckage celebrating the building and use of traditional kayaks in Ucluelet

James Manke has been “overwhelmed” by the local support he’s received since rolling new life into the town’s iconic The Wreckage building with a brand new kayak museum. (Andrew Bailey photo)
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