PORT ALBERNI

Hupacasath First Nation council comprises Councillor Ricky-lee Watts, left, Elected Chief Councillor Brandy Lauder, Coun. Jolleen Dick and Coun. Warren Lauder. (2022) (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

First Nation feels snubbed by Vancouver Island Indigenous Peoples Day ceremony

Both Hupacasath and Tseshaht First Nations lay claim to Port Alberni waterfront

 

The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO)

Police watchdog clears RCMP in 2020 sudden death of Port Alberni woman

Woman died following a wellness check; no connection made between death and RCMP visit

 

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RCMP investigating suspicious death at Port Alberni motel

RCMP say there is no threat to the public

 

The artwork on the Wolf Tower was designed by Tseshaht artist Willard Gallic Jr. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

100 years later, First Nations wolf ritual shakes off its chains on B.C. waterfront

Dawn to dusk Tseshaht celebration took place in Port Alberni to mark National Indigenous Peoples Day

The artwork on the Wolf Tower was designed by Tseshaht artist Willard Gallic Jr. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
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Port Alberni liquor store robbed, suspect still at large

Port Alberni RCMP are asking the public for information, video footage after June 13 incident

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An example of the pickets that will be installed at Cathedral Grove on Highway 4. (PHOTO COURTESY MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION)

Roadwork to begin at Cathedral Grove on Highway 4 to alleviate traffic issues

Drivers can expect traffic delays starting overnight June 19, weather permitting

An example of the pickets that will be installed at Cathedral Grove on Highway 4. (PHOTO COURTESY MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION)
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Conservation officers euthanize cougar after it attacks Vancouver Island man and his dog

Friends set up fundraiser to help offset dog’s veterinary bills

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Family and friends reported James Vezina of Port Alberni missing on May 31, 2022. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

UPDATE: Missing Port Alberni man found safe by search and rescue volunteers

Family and friends reported that James Vezina has been missing since May 31

Family and friends reported James Vezina of Port Alberni missing on May 31, 2022. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
A photo from Taylor Arm on Sproat Lake. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Name change pondered for Sproat Lake in spirit of reconciliation

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District agrees to engage with local First Nations

A photo from Taylor Arm on Sproat Lake. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
2018’s Walk to End Cystic Fibrosis. (Black Press Media file photo)

Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History returns to Vancouver Island following hiatus

The walk, raising over $40 million in 17 years, this year focuses on child access to drug Trikafta

2018’s Walk to End Cystic Fibrosis. (Black Press Media file photo)
An aerial photo of Port Alberni’s waterfront. (PHOTO COURTESY COASTAL RESTORATION SOCIETY)

Coastal Restoration Society chooses Port Alberni as Vancouver Island hub

Society calls area ideal for relations with First Nations and it’s central to Vancouver Island

An aerial photo of Port Alberni’s waterfront. (PHOTO COURTESY COASTAL RESTORATION SOCIETY)
Two wooden barns that are part of the Alberni District Fall Fairgrounds go up in flames in the early morning hours of May 17, 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY PETER HESSE)

Suspicious fire destroys two empty horse barns at Port Alberni’s fall fairgrounds

It’s the third suspicious fire in the past six months at the site, officials say

Two wooden barns that are part of the Alberni District Fall Fairgrounds go up in flames in the early morning hours of May 17, 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY PETER HESSE)
Two people have been arrested in the murder of Dontay-Patrick Lucas in Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Two people arrested in 2018 death of six-year-old boy from Port Alberni

RCMP lay first-degree murder charges after four-year investigation

Two people have been arrested in the murder of Dontay-Patrick Lucas in Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Asger Bentzen and his friend Liz Huff were walking on the grounds at Tsawaayuus Rainbow Gardens on April 26, 2022 when Asger spotted this special ‘adventure’ rock along the path. The rock originated in Port Angeles, Wash. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Retired geologist discovers travelling ‘adventure rock’ in Port Alberni

Rock originated in Port Angeles, travels Vancouver Island

Asger Bentzen and his friend Liz Huff were walking on the grounds at Tsawaayuus Rainbow Gardens on April 26, 2022 when Asger spotted this special ‘adventure’ rock along the path. The rock originated in Port Angeles, Wash. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Clare Twiddy, left, and Kaylar Chan form the Vancouver-based rage-funk band Raincity. They’re coming to Port Alberni’s Rainbow Room for a show on April 30, 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY RAINCITY)

Raincity launching 5-date tour funkifying Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island tour a homecoming for Parksville singer

Clare Twiddy, left, and Kaylar Chan form the Vancouver-based rage-funk band Raincity. They’re coming to Port Alberni’s Rainbow Room for a show on April 30, 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY RAINCITY)
Brent Fedirchuk, right, receives the 2016 Wayne Demoskoff Volunteer of the Year award from sponsor Peter Mugleston of the Best Western Barclay Plus Hotel at the Funtastic Alberni/ Okee Dokee Slopitch tournament. (PHOTO COURTESY FUNTASTIC ALBERNI)

Vancouver Island helicopter pilot mourned after fatal crash

Brent Fedirchuk, from Port Alberni, died April 6 in a helicopter crash north of Sayward

Brent Fedirchuk, right, receives the 2016 Wayne Demoskoff Volunteer of the Year award from sponsor Peter Mugleston of the Best Western Barclay Plus Hotel at the Funtastic Alberni/ Okee Dokee Slopitch tournament. (PHOTO COURTESY FUNTASTIC ALBERNI)
A Port Alberni RCMP member talks to a paramedics working on a young cyclist hit on 14th Avenue on Friday, April 8, 2022. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Vancouver Island youth suffers head injuries in bicycle versus car collision

RCMP renews calls for motorcycle, bicycle riders to wear helmets after Port Alberni incident

A Port Alberni RCMP member talks to a paramedics working on a young cyclist hit on 14th Avenue on Friday, April 8, 2022. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Nicola-Cree Belcourt’s family members hold posters of the young woman near the place in Port Alberni where her body was found on April 2, 2022. Her family is appealing to anyone with information on her death to please come forward. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Family of woman found dead in Port Alberni ‘call her home’ with Indigenous ceremony

Port Alberni RCMP are still looking for video, information into Merritt woman’s death

Nicola-Cree Belcourt’s family members hold posters of the young woman near the place in Port Alberni where her body was found on April 2, 2022. Her family is appealing to anyone with information on her death to please come forward. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Phoenix House on Fifth Avenue is boarded up after a fire on Thursday, April 7. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Multiple units destroyed as blaze empties Alberni low-barrier housing complex

Residents at Phoenix House displaced, given rooms at shelter following early morning blaze

Phoenix House on Fifth Avenue is boarded up after a fire on Thursday, April 7. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
An air ambulance takes off from Highway 4 on Wednesday, April 6. (PHOTO COURTESY PA FIRE DEPARTMENT)

Two sent to hospital after Highway 4 crash on Vancouver Island

Highway was closed for several hours between Port Alberni and Qualicum

An air ambulance takes off from Highway 4 on Wednesday, April 6. (PHOTO COURTESY PA FIRE DEPARTMENT)