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Hockey camp secures new five-year deal in Alberni Valley

The City of Port Alberni signed a five-year deal with West Coast Hockey Prep Camp Inc. for the use of the Multiplex and other facilities.

Port Alberni City Council has agreed to draft a plan for the future of Canal Beach, and will pitch the plan during a public consultation.

City sets aside plywood cash for possible buyback

The City of Port Alberni will set aside $250,000 it earned from the sale of plywood lots A and B for the possible buyback of those lands.

Port Alberni City Council has agreed to draft a plan for the future of Canal Beach, and will pitch the plan during a public consultation.

City of Port Alberni releases staff wages

The top earners at the City of Port Alberni collectively netted an extra $21,324 in 2015 as compared to the prior year.

Roland Smith holds up a Freedom of Information Request sent to the city by PEAK FM journalist David Wiwchar.

Questions over transparency arise at Port Alberni city hall

Port Alberni mayor and council’s record on transparency and staffing practices were called into question at Monday’s council meeting.

Roland Smith holds up a Freedom of Information Request sent to the city by PEAK FM journalist David Wiwchar.
The Alberni Valley could lose 41 units of seniors housing if the Pioneer Cottages were to shut down.

Pioneer Cottages’ future uncertain

The Alberni Valley Senior Citizens Homes Society remains in a bind over how to pay $40,000 in property taxes for its Pioneer Cottages.

The Alberni Valley could lose 41 units of seniors housing if the Pioneer Cottages were to shut down.
Port Alberni RCMP Const. Chet Carroll kicks off the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Ride Don’t Hide.

Port Alberni residents pedal for Ride Don’t Hide

The annual bike ride benefits the Canadian Mental Health Association which supports individuals with mental health issues.

Port Alberni RCMP Const. Chet Carroll kicks off the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Ride Don’t Hide.
The Dog Mountain fire of 2015 has spurred on action from the City of Port Alberni.

City of Port Alberni to upgrade regional wildfire plan

City councillors hope that working with the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District to update the plan will leave the region more prepared.

The Dog Mountain fire of 2015 has spurred on action from the City of Port Alberni.
A chance to pilot the Hawaii Mars could be yours—provided you have a pilot's licence and $25,000.

Pilots queue up to fly the Hawaii Mars

The biggest seaplane in the world could soon be under your control—provided you can fly it.

A chance to pilot the Hawaii Mars could be yours—provided you have a pilot's licence and $25,000.
Alberni District Secondary School students walk along a dusty path by Bob Dailey Stadium.

Alberni students ask for paved path

Anne Ostwald’s social studies 11 class want the City of Port Alberni's help to save their soles.

Alberni District Secondary School students walk along a dusty path by Bob Dailey Stadium.

City of Port Alberni hires new HR manager

Krista Tremblay assumed her duties in the new role on May 30.

The Philippine Mars was last on the waters of Sproat Lake for maintenance in September of 2015.

Philippine Mars museum deal grounded

The American election in November has put the Philippine Mars trade deal on hold, according to Coulson Group CEO Wayne Coulson.

The Philippine Mars was last on the waters of Sproat Lake for maintenance in September of 2015.
The City of Port Alberni's Bainbridge water treatment plan features solar panels and a green roof.

Bainbridge water treatment plant green roof received initial council approval

A report was approved by Port Alberni city council in 2014.

The City of Port Alberni's Bainbridge water treatment plan features solar panels and a green roof.
A resident captures smoke coming from the Cantimber Biotech stack in early June.

Cantimber denies claims it is producing toxic emissions

Neighbouring residents of Cantimber Biotech say they are feeling sick as a result of the company's emissions.

A resident captures smoke coming from the Cantimber Biotech stack in early June.
The view from within a Thunder in the Valley test car during their trial run on June 2 shows the remaining Stamp Avenue median that the AVDRA wants removed.

Alberni Valley Drag Race Association asks for more median work

The City of Port Alberni will provide an additional $25,000 for Thunder in the Valley while working on a repayment plan.

The view from within a Thunder in the Valley test car during their trial run on June 2 shows the remaining Stamp Avenue median that the AVDRA wants removed.
A Task Force 1 leader briefs (from left to right) Uchucklesaht Tribe Coun. Wilfred Cootes, Port Alberni Mayor Mike Ruttan, Beauforts director Mike Kokura, ACRD vice-chair and Sproat Lake director Penny Cote, Port Alberni Coun. Ron Paulson, Long Beach director Tony Bennett and Toquaht Nation Coun. Kirsten Johnsen on the harbour emergency scenario.

Post Emergency Coastal Response has officials feeling prepared

In the wake of Exercise Coastal Response elected officials are feeling better prepared for a disaster.

A Task Force 1 leader briefs (from left to right) Uchucklesaht Tribe Coun. Wilfred Cootes, Port Alberni Mayor Mike Ruttan, Beauforts director Mike Kokura, ACRD vice-chair and Sproat Lake director Penny Cote, Port Alberni Coun. Ron Paulson, Long Beach director Tony Bennett and Toquaht Nation Coun. Kirsten Johnsen on the harbour emergency scenario.

Street names will stay same for now: City of Port Alberni

Public input will be considered before Port Alerni city council decides whether or to rename Gertrude Street, Stamp Avenue and Third Ave.

Former Mayor John Douglas, who was instrumental in the creation of Canal Beach, says he’s disappointed at the lack of public consultation and government transparency over the sale of the plywood lots.

Public slams sale of Port Alberni plywood lots next to Canal Beach

Waterfront advocates feel the sale of plywood lots A and B was made without proper public consultation.

Former Mayor John Douglas, who was instrumental in the creation of Canal Beach, says he’s disappointed at the lack of public consultation and government transparency over the sale of the plywood lots.
The Hupacasath First Nation is tapping into the Alberni Valley’s natural resources—literally—with a maple syrup business.

First Nations set up in the Alberni Valley

Hupacasath, Tseshaht, Huu-ay-aht and Uchucklesaht are all investing in local projects around the Alberni Valley.

The Hupacasath First Nation is tapping into the Alberni Valley’s natural resources—literally—with a maple syrup business.
Wayne Coulson continues to invest in the Alberni Valley with his aviation and logging divisions.

Story continues for Coulson Aviation

Coulson Aviation is looking for opportunities in the Alberni Valley that bring the same amount of success as ventures abroad.

Wayne Coulson continues to invest in the Alberni Valley with his aviation and logging divisions.
Construction on the airport expansion will continue throughout the summer. An Alberni Valley company, Bowerman Excavating, won the bid to do the work.

Alberni Valley Regional Airport expansion draws interest from outside

Anticipation for the currently-expanding Alberni Valley Regional Airport is growing, according to economic development manager Pat Deakin.

Construction on the airport expansion will continue throughout the summer. An Alberni Valley company, Bowerman Excavating, won the bid to do the work.