Susie Quinn

Port Alberni RCMP mourn loss of off-duty officer

Port Alberni RCMP mourn loss of off-duty officer

Additional resources sent to Alberni to help fellow officers deal with death

Port Alberni RCMP mourn loss of off-duty officer
Steelhead LNG representatives speak to members of the public during an open house at the Italian Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 27. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Steelhead LNG stops work on Kwispaa LNG project near Bamfield

Huu-ay-aht First Nations ‘deeply disappointed; Steelhead says funding is the problem

Steelhead LNG representatives speak to members of the public during an open house at the Italian Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 27. ELENA RARDON PHOTO
A group of curious children and their parents gather at a beach in north Saanich to check out the carcass of a sixgill shark that washed up earlier in the week. PHOTO COURTESY PETER MIERAS

Alberni Valley ocean advocate documents shark necropsy

Peter Mieras runs annual shark survey, is known for ‘ghost’ fishing gear recovery efforts

A group of curious children and their parents gather at a beach in north Saanich to check out the carcass of a sixgill shark that washed up earlier in the week. PHOTO COURTESY PETER MIERAS
A new water treatment plant in Bamfield means a five-year-old water advisory has been lifted. The public will get a chance to see the new treatment plant at an open house on March 1. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Five years later, Bamfield’s water is finally safe

New treatment plant cancels West Coast village’s longstanding water quality advisory

A new water treatment plant in Bamfield means a five-year-old water advisory has been lifted. The public will get a chance to see the new treatment plant at an open house on March 1. SUBMITTED PHOTO
The top of Burde Street is closed following a fatal car accident this morning (Jan. 15, 2019). A collision analysis team has been called in from the east side of Vancouver Island. A detour is in place at Arbutus. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

UPDATE: One person confirmed dead in Port Alberni motor vehicle accident

Rural residential road remains closed as RCMP, coroner investigate

The top of Burde Street is closed following a fatal car accident this morning (Jan. 15, 2019). A collision analysis team has been called in from the east side of Vancouver Island. A detour is in place at Arbutus. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Kaley Pugh, manager of the Port Alberni SPCA, visits with Spice, a five-year-old cat presently housed at the Broughton Street animal shelter. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Thieves steal Christmas donations from Port Alberni SPCA

Staff was forced to move animals to deal with building damage

Kaley Pugh, manager of the Port Alberni SPCA, visits with Spice, a five-year-old cat presently housed at the Broughton Street animal shelter. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Island Health is warning of an outbreak of norovirus at West Coast General Hospital in Port Alberni. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Norovirus outbreak at Vancouver Island hospital

First suspected case came to West Coast General in Port Alberni on Dec. 31

Island Health is warning of an outbreak of norovirus at West Coast General Hospital in Port Alberni. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Highway 4 reopens between Qualicum and west coast

Highway 4 reopens between Qualicum and west coast

Crews deal with washout at Kennedy Lake; power still out in Tofino, Ucluelet

Highway 4 reopens between Qualicum and west coast
Huu-ay-aht First Nations Chief Councillor Robert Dennis Sr. talks about the benefits of a new agreement with Western Forest Products as WFP president and CEO Don Demens, left, listens. The announcement was made Friday, Dec. 14 at Pacific Coast University in Port Alberni.                                SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Vancouver Island First Nation buys limited interest in Western Forest Products

Huu-ay-aht First Nations enters into partnership with logging firm

Huu-ay-aht First Nations Chief Councillor Robert Dennis Sr. talks about the benefits of a new agreement with Western Forest Products as WFP president and CEO Don Demens, left, listens. The announcement was made Friday, Dec. 14 at Pacific Coast University in Port Alberni.                                SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
A ‘riderless bike’ memorial has been erected at the corner of 10th Avenue and Dunbar Street, where cyclist Daniel Butt was killed in November 2018. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

‘Ghost bikes’ installed to remember teen cyclists who died in Port Alberni

Cycle Alberni installs memorials to remember teens, remind all about road safety

A ‘riderless bike’ memorial has been erected at the corner of 10th Avenue and Dunbar Street, where cyclist Daniel Butt was killed in November 2018. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Jennifer McKean says a bear in the Gyro Recreation Park area surprised her late one night and she ended up sleeping at a friend’s. Conservation officers have set up a bear trap in the neighbourhood. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Bear hunt on after man knocked down in Port Alberni residential backyard

Traps set after family posted about bear knocking man to the ground and swatting his leg

Jennifer McKean says a bear in the Gyro Recreation Park area surprised her late one night and she ended up sleeping at a friend’s. Conservation officers have set up a bear trap in the neighbourhood. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Port Alberni RCMP members recently receiving awards are Cpl. Jason Racz, from left, Cst. Darryl Yacboski, Cpl. Brady Mathison, Sgt. Dave Boyce, Deputy Commissioner for “E” Division Brenda Butterworth-Carr, Insp. Brian Hunter, Cst. Darren Pinto, Cst. Beth O’Connor and Cpl. Amelia Hayden.                                SUBMITTED PHOTO

Takedown of deranged, slashing man with knife earns Vancouver Island RCMP officers bravery honour

“The members feel they were just doing their job, I have to disagree. They went above and beyond.”

Port Alberni RCMP members recently receiving awards are Cpl. Jason Racz, from left, Cst. Darryl Yacboski, Cpl. Brady Mathison, Sgt. Dave Boyce, Deputy Commissioner for “E” Division Brenda Butterworth-Carr, Insp. Brian Hunter, Cst. Darren Pinto, Cst. Beth O’Connor and Cpl. Amelia Hayden.                                SUBMITTED PHOTO
Cyclist killed in Port Alberni

Cyclist killed in Port Alberni

Teenage boy succumbed to injuries the morning after collision with vehicle

Cyclist killed in Port Alberni
Signs signalling transgender people are welcome to use the washroom facilities of their choice went up at Alberni District Secondary School in late October.                                SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

New washroom rules a win for transgender students at Alberni high school

New rules, signs allow transgender students to use washrooms of their choice

Signs signalling transgender people are welcome to use the washroom facilities of their choice went up at Alberni District Secondary School in late October.                                SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Jane Jones, left, encouraged her daughter Connie Watts to run for school board trustee. Now Jones is off the board and Watts will take her seat. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Mother passes school trustee torch to daughter in Port Alberni

Jane Jones loses after one term, but proud of her daughter Connie Watts

Jane Jones, left, encouraged her daughter Connie Watts to run for school board trustee. Now Jones is off the board and Watts will take her seat. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
The San Group is expanding its operations in Port Alberni with the purchase of 25 acres of land for a new sawmill. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

San Group announces plans to build new sawmill in Port Alberni

San Group has purchased 25 acres of Catalyst Paper land for expansion

The San Group is expanding its operations in Port Alberni with the purchase of 25 acres of land for a new sawmill. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
The Huu-ay-aht First Nations from Anacla, near Bamfield on Vancouver Island’s west coast, have a multi-faceted economic development plan based on tourism. In 2017 they launched Kiixin tours, with traditional knowledge holders sharing their nations’ culture. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Indigenous tourism blossoming on Vancouver Island

BIG READ: Islanders investing in First Nations cultural experiences to attract the world

The Huu-ay-aht First Nations from Anacla, near Bamfield on Vancouver Island’s west coast, have a multi-faceted economic development plan based on tourism. In 2017 they launched Kiixin tours, with traditional knowledge holders sharing their nations’ culture. SUBMITTED PHOTO
A volunteer swift water rescue team member from the Comox Valley reaches a woman stranded on a rock in the Sproat River 10 kms west of Port Alberni, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. The woman and her husband had been canoeing in the river above the rapids when their canoe struck a rock and broke in two, throwing the couple in the water. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Woman rescued from Sproat River rapids near Port Alberni

Couple’s canoe capsized; mid-Island volunteers extricate stranded paddler

A volunteer swift water rescue team member from the Comox Valley reaches a woman stranded on a rock in the Sproat River 10 kms west of Port Alberni, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. The woman and her husband had been canoeing in the river above the rapids when their canoe struck a rock and broke in two, throwing the couple in the water. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Happy, a three-month-old quarter-horse, peers out from owner Terry Galloway’s home west of Port Alberni on Monday (Sept. 24) after following a friend into Galloway’s livingroom. Happy had to be rescued by members from the Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department. SUBMITTED PHOTO

‘Hello, 911? There’s a horse in my living room’

Sproat Lake firefighters called to ‘rescue’ quarter-horse from Alberni Valley house

Happy, a three-month-old quarter-horse, peers out from owner Terry Galloway’s home west of Port Alberni on Monday (Sept. 24) after following a friend into Galloway’s livingroom. Happy had to be rescued by members from the Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department. SUBMITTED PHOTO
A tanker from Con Air drops a load of retardant on the Arbutus Ridge fire, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. The fire, which was first reported at midnight on Aug. 9, has doubled to five hectares. CAROLE BARNETT PHOTO

Wind a concern as new fire near Port Alberni grows

Beaufort Range fire still not under control: Coastal Fire Centre

A tanker from Con Air drops a load of retardant on the Arbutus Ridge fire, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. The fire, which was first reported at midnight on Aug. 9, has doubled to five hectares. CAROLE BARNETT PHOTO