Katya Slepian

A Faber Road home caught fire in the early hours of Sept. 11.

House fire breaks out at Sproat Lake

An early Sunday morning structure fire on Faber Road heavily damaged a house and sent one woman to hospital.

A Faber Road home caught fire in the early hours of Sept. 11.
The Tri-Conic Challenge is partially funded by a Canada 150 grant.

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District helps Tri-Conic

The Tri-Conic Challenge is slowly chipping away at the funding it needs over and above its $80,000 contribution from the Canada 150 Grant.

The Tri-Conic Challenge is partially funded by a Canada 150 grant.

New (again) Health Canada marijuana regulations haven’t affected city

No changes are expected at the municipal level following changes to federal regulations on homegrown medical marijuana.

Scaffolding for the repair work on the Victoria Quay bridge was installed on Tuesday, Sept. 6. The bridge will be closed to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians until Sept. 20.

City of Port Alberni repairs Victoria Quay bridge

Officials say it won’t be a repeat of the last bridge project.

Scaffolding for the repair work on the Victoria Quay bridge was installed on Tuesday, Sept. 6. The bridge will be closed to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians until Sept. 20.

Alberni homelessness committee secures funds

The Alberni Valley Stakeholders Initiative to End Homelessness is one step closer to funding their new coordinator.

Canadian Senator Nancy Greene Raine’s grandson feeds chinook salmon fry at Omega Pacific Hatchery on Great Central Lake last month. Raine, right, Omega co-owner Carol Schmitt and Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns, back left, and Port Alberni Mayor Mike Ruttan tour the hatchery too.

Chinook preservation critical: Omega Pacific Hatchery

Omega Pacific Hatchery says DFO needs to pay more attention to its salmon program.

Canadian Senator Nancy Greene Raine’s grandson feeds chinook salmon fry at Omega Pacific Hatchery on Great Central Lake last month. Raine, right, Omega co-owner Carol Schmitt and Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns, back left, and Port Alberni Mayor Mike Ruttan tour the hatchery too.
Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department crews learn about danger trees as part of an abbreviated S100 course last Tuesday.

Alberni firefighters study forest fires

Members of the Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department received some annual forest fire training last Tuesday.

Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department crews learn about danger trees as part of an abbreviated S100 course last Tuesday.
Salmon Fest 2016 winner Dan Weatherby and his son, Ty, caught a 53.2-pounder near Bamfield on Sept. 3.

53-pounder wins the 45th annual Port Alberni Salmon Festival

Chilliwack's Dan Weatherby takes home the top 2016 prize with a 53-pounder.

Salmon Fest 2016 winner Dan Weatherby and his son, Ty, caught a 53.2-pounder near Bamfield on Sept. 3.
Almost half of the houses sold in the past 12 months were bought by people outside the Alberni Valley.

Homebuyers head to Alberni Valley from elsewhere

A survey states that 41 per cent of homebuyers who bought a home in the Alberni Valley over the past 12 months have come from out of town.

Almost half of the houses sold in the past 12 months were bought by people outside the Alberni Valley.
Elisabeth Hill and Ross Johnson of the Sproat Lake Marine Patrol show the Fox 40 marine safety kit handed out to boaters this year

Sproat Lake Marine Patrol wraps up

It was another successful summer this year at Sproat Lake according to Sproat Lake Marine Patrol leadhand.

Elisabeth Hill and Ross Johnson of the Sproat Lake Marine Patrol show the Fox 40 marine safety kit handed out to boaters this year

Alberni airport runway expansion on schedule

The project is still on schedule to be completed by the end of October.

Lighting caused another Alberni Valley fire

A new forest fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon near the Robertson Creek Fish Hatchery, according to the Coastal Fire Centre.

Vehicle collision sends two to hospital

Two women were sent to hospital on Sunday night after a collision just west of the Alberni Summit.

Alberni Valley temperatures hit historical highs

Last week's hot weather was a record high for this time of year at the Port Alberni airport weather station.

A fire near Taylor Arm Park smokes up the view of Sproat Lake.

Fire near Taylor Arm Park contained: Coastal Fire Centre

Sunday (Aug. 21) night’s thunderstorm caused a wildfire to break out near Taylor Arm Park.

A fire near Taylor Arm Park smokes up the view of Sproat Lake.
A pro class racer burns some rubber at Thunder in the Valley on Stamp Avenue on Sunday, Aug. 6

Drag races will break even, says Alberni Valley Drag Racing Association

Over 3,000 spectators came by to take in Thunder in the Valley’s inaugural run down Stamp Avenue earlier this month.

A pro class racer burns some rubber at Thunder in the Valley on Stamp Avenue on Sunday, Aug. 6
Pedestrians cross Highway 4 at the parking area for Cathedral Grove, Monday afternoon. During the height of the tourist season the area is crowded with vehicles and foot traffic and the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce is afraid someone is going to get killed.

‘An accident waiting to happen’ at Cathedral Grove

The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce and nearby residents are fed up with the dangerous parking situation at Cathedral Grove.

Pedestrians cross Highway 4 at the parking area for Cathedral Grove, Monday afternoon. During the height of the tourist season the area is crowded with vehicles and foot traffic and the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce is afraid someone is going to get killed.
Two men were fined for feeding black bears on Hwy. 4 in April 2016.

Men who fed a bear on Hwy. 4 fined

Two Vancouver Island men who posted up a video of themselves feeding black bears near Kennedy on Hwy. 4 have been fined $345 each.

Two men were fined for feeding black bears on Hwy. 4 in April 2016.
The then three hectare Comox Main fire could be seen from kilometres away this weekend

Comox Main blaze contained

Investigations are underway for a human-caused fire six kilometres up the Comox Main

The then three hectare Comox Main fire could be seen from kilometres away this weekend
Norm Fudge, left, supervises a dump truck near the corner of Seventh Avenue and Argyle Street. According to city waterworks chargehand Amar Giri, 140 metres of six inch water main will be replaced with C900 PVC pipe. A storm sewer will also be installed on Seventh Avenue as part of the city’s ongoing storm and sanitary sewer separation project.

Westporte Park sale finalized

The sale went through on July 18 after over a year of debate.

Norm Fudge, left, supervises a dump truck near the corner of Seventh Avenue and Argyle Street. According to city waterworks chargehand Amar Giri, 140 metres of six inch water main will be replaced with C900 PVC pipe. A storm sewer will also be installed on Seventh Avenue as part of the city’s ongoing storm and sanitary sewer separation project.