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Local cycling advocate Sarah Thomas tries out the city’s new bike lanes.

Alberni’s MP wants national cycling strategy

A new national cycling strategy might be on its way courtesy of Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns.

Local cycling advocate Sarah Thomas tries out the city’s new bike lanes.
Colby Messer plead not guilty to two charges of sexual assault.

Colby Messer pleads not guilty in sexual assault trial

A Port Alberni man plead not guilty to two counts of sexual assault in Denver court.

Colby Messer plead not guilty to two charges of sexual assault.
The Huu-ay-aht First Nation oppose a UBCM anti-old growth logging resolution.

Huu-ay-aht First Nation oppose UBCM old-growth logging ban

The Huu-ay-aht are concerned about the lack of consultation and the overreaching by local government.

The Huu-ay-aht First Nation oppose a UBCM anti-old growth logging resolution.
Scott Kenny, right, measures a trench for watermain installation at McLean Mill.

Upgrades come to McLean Mill fishway

The Dave Chitty Fishway at McLean Mill is getting a few new additions courtesy of Pacific Salmon Foundation funding.

Scott Kenny, right, measures a trench for watermain installation at McLean Mill.
Fisheries biologist David Clough teaches a student about marine survival during National Forest Week at McLean Mil.

Students learn about forests at McLean Mill

Close to 300 Alberni Valley students visited the historic site last week for National Forest Week.

Fisheries biologist David Clough teaches a student about marine survival during National Forest Week at McLean Mil.
Volunteers will be hawking Raise-A-Reader supplements on Wednesday in exchange for donations to fund literacy in the Alberni Valley.

Raise-a-Reader in Alberni Valley on Sept. 28

Volunteers will be handing out the News' Raise-a-Reader supplement on Wednesday around town. Donations will go towards Literacy Alberni.

Volunteers will be hawking Raise-A-Reader supplements on Wednesday in exchange for donations to fund literacy in the Alberni Valley.
Port Alberni RCMP arrested five people for marijuana trafficking at West Side Alternatives on Friday, Sept. 16.

Port Alberni RCMP arrest five in at West Side Alternatives

Police recommended charges of possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking for all five individuals arrested.

Port Alberni RCMP arrested five people for marijuana trafficking at West Side Alternatives on Friday, Sept. 16.
Early Years Centre connector Kelsi Martens, middle, plays with daughter Lily, 8, and son Owen, 6 at the E.J. Dunn Early Years Centre on Monday, Sept. 19.

Kids in Port Alberni getting the right start

A new Early Years Centre at E.J. Dunn Elementary will aim to fill the gaps for kids and families in the Alberni Valley.

Early Years Centre connector Kelsi Martens, middle, plays with daughter Lily, 8, and son Owen, 6 at the E.J. Dunn Early Years Centre on Monday, Sept. 19.
A car drives over the newly repaired Victoria Quay bridge on Tuesday.

Victoria Quay bridge repairs complete

Victoria Quay bridge repairs were completed on time and within budget, according to City of Port Alberni CAO Tim Pley.

A car drives over the newly repaired Victoria Quay bridge on Tuesday.
Close to 500 bikers rode from Little Qualicum Falls through Port Alberni and around the fountain at the Harbour Quay on Saturday, Sept. 17 for the 32nd annual Port Alberni Toy Run.

Toy Run roars through Valley

More than 500 bikers rode from Little Qualicum Falls through Port Alberni and around the fountain at the Harbour Quay.

Close to 500 bikers rode from Little Qualicum Falls through Port Alberni and around the fountain at the Harbour Quay on Saturday, Sept. 17 for the 32nd annual Port Alberni Toy Run.
Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns speak at a town hall meeting on electoral reformi at the Hansen Hall on Sept. 6

Alberni MP talks electoral reform

Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns spoke to more than 50 Port Alberni residents in early September about electoral reform.

Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns speak at a town hall meeting on electoral reformi at the Hansen Hall on Sept. 6
Port Alberni Fire Department Deputy Chief Wes Patterson, middle, and two firefighters inspect a burnt dryer at a fire on Morton Street.

Dryer fire on Morton Street

No one was injured or home at the time of the blaze, according to the Port Alberni Fire Department.

Port Alberni Fire Department Deputy Chief Wes Patterson, middle, and two firefighters inspect a burnt dryer at a fire on Morton Street.
The Alberni Valley Community Forest generated $100,000 of revenue in 2015.

Alberni Valley Community Forest pays city $100K

The community forest handed over a cheque for $100,000 to the city from its 2015 revenue.

The Alberni Valley Community Forest generated $100,000 of revenue in 2015.
RCMP surplus to fund City of Port Alberni pool and land reserve funds

RCMP surplus to fund City of Port Alberni pool and land reserve funds

$265,362 was split equally between a replacement for the aging Echo Pool and the diminished land reserve fund.

RCMP surplus to fund City of Port Alberni pool and land reserve funds
The City of Port Alberni purchased the former Tidebrook property last year.

City of Port Alberni considers Tidebrook RFP

City of Port Alberni staff will prepare a request for proposal for the old Tidebrook Motel lot—pending a report on current market condition.

The City of Port Alberni purchased the former Tidebrook property last year.
City council put a halt to a request for proposal going out for the highlighted area—20 acres to the east of Westporte Place.

City of Port Alberni puts Westporte RFP on hold

City of Port Alberni council has nixed plans to put out a request for proposal for the forested area by Westporte Place.

City council put a halt to a request for proposal going out for the highlighted area—20 acres to the east of Westporte Place.
Marg Vatamaniuck prepares for this weekend’s Port Alberni Toy Run on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Taking the front seat

Women are taking their turn at the handlebars—and Marg Vatamaniuck is loving every moment of it

Marg Vatamaniuck prepares for this weekend’s Port Alberni Toy Run on Saturday, Sept. 17.
City council put a halt to a request for proposal going out for the highlighted area—20 acres to the east of Westporte Place.

City of Port Alberni puts Westporte RFP on hold

City of Port Alberni council has nixed plans to put out a request for proposal for the forested area by Westporte Place.

City council put a halt to a request for proposal going out for the highlighted area—20 acres to the east of Westporte Place.

Family rescued from cliff

A mother and her two children had to be rescued by Port Alberni fire crews after falling off an embankment behind the Fall Fair grounds.

Packaged pills containing fentanyl that were seized by the Calgary Police.

Island Health takes steps to stem ODs

Steps are being taken to slow the increase of illicit drug overdoses that are on the rise Island-wide

Packaged pills containing fentanyl that were seized by the Calgary Police.