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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.
A Task Force 1 ‘blue’ squad set up a HDT 305 Base-X Expedition Shelter tent at the Fall Fairgrounds on Tuesday night. The heavy urban search and rescue (HUSAR) crew operates with self-sufficiency whenever it moves into an area damaged by natural disaster.

Task Force 1 moves mini-city into Port Alberni

Task Force 1, Vancouver’s heavy urban rescue search and rescue team has descended on Port Alberni for Exercise Coastal Response.

A Task Force 1 ‘blue’ squad set up a HDT 305 Base-X Expedition Shelter tent at the Fall Fairgrounds on Tuesday night. The heavy urban search and rescue (HUSAR) crew operates with self-sufficiency whenever it moves into an area damaged by natural disaster.

More growing pains, smoke for Cantimber

Commissioning trials are the cause behind emissions from Cantimber Biotech, according to the director of project development and research.

Regan Pley, Freya Knapp and Frances Wilson paint a piano to go down by the Harbour Quay.

Music comes to Port Alberni’s waterfront

High school students hope to instil a sense of musical community at Harbour Quay.

Regan Pley, Freya Knapp and Frances Wilson paint a piano to go down by the Harbour Quay.
City of Port Alberni Coun. Denis Sauve speaks at an Exercise Coastal Response kickoff reception at Echo Centre on Monday night.

Port Alberni benefits from provincial training event

The provincial and local governments held a kickoff reception at Echo Centre on June 6 to introduce those involved to the exercise.

City of Port Alberni Coun. Denis Sauve speaks at an Exercise Coastal Response kickoff reception at Echo Centre on Monday night.
A racer, above, tests out Stamp Avenue on Thursday night in preparation for this summer’s Thunder in the Valley.

Alberni drag race test run a success on Stamp Avenue

The first test run of Stamp Avenue for Thunder in the Valley was a success, according to Alberni Valley Drag Racing Association president.

A racer, above, tests out Stamp Avenue on Thursday night in preparation for this summer’s Thunder in the Valley.

Record heat hits the Alberni Valley

Temperatures hit record highs on Saturday, June 4 with Port Alberni hitting 34 degrees Celsius.

A racer tests out Stamp Avenue in preparation for this summer's Thunder in the Valley.

Thunder in the Valley test run successful: Bill Surry

A four car test run of Stamp Avenue for the Alberni Valley's drag racing event went smoothly.

A racer tests out Stamp Avenue in preparation for this summer's Thunder in the Valley.
Community Futures executive director Lori Camire and City of Port Alberni economic development manager Pat Deakin work together to implement the city's new facade improvement program.

Facade improvement program deadline hits June 6

The deadline for receiving thousands of dollars to upgrade your Port Alberni storefront is coming up on June 6.

Community Futures executive director Lori Camire and City of Port Alberni economic development manager Pat Deakin work together to implement the city's new facade improvement program.
Newly-elected Tseshaht First Nation Chief Councillor Cynthia Dick stands outside the Tseshaht administration building where she will spend the next four years working on strengthening Tseshaht ties.

Tseshaht First Nation break ground with chief choice

The Tseshaht made history when they went to the polls in mid-May by electing their youngest, female chief councillor.

Newly-elected Tseshaht First Nation Chief Councillor Cynthia Dick stands outside the Tseshaht administration building where she will spend the next four years working on strengthening Tseshaht ties.
ADSS social studies students Patricia Gust, Bronwyn Zodichi, Tyler Bagsund, Katherine Sweete and Joanna Li are campaigning for more comprehensive sex ed with the help of their teacher, Anne Ostwald (front).

Class wants more sex ed at ADSS

It’s well known that Port Alberni has a high teen birth rate—but that’s not the only stat that teacher Anne Ostwald’s class finds worrying.

ADSS social studies students Patricia Gust, Bronwyn Zodichi, Tyler Bagsund, Katherine Sweete and Joanna Li are campaigning for more comprehensive sex ed with the help of their teacher, Anne Ostwald (front).
The City of Port Alberni is considering the sale of plywood lots A and B to the parent company of Canadian Alberni Engineering.

Public upset over sale of plywood lots in Alberni

The lack of public consultation on the proposed sale of plywood lots A and B have waterfront advocates and some on city council up in arms.

The City of Port Alberni is considering the sale of plywood lots A and B to the parent company of Canadian Alberni Engineering.
Mayor Mike Ruttan is looking to display antique machinery on the empty lots at the corner of Third Avenue and Dunbar Street.

City of Port Alberni to display industrial antiques in park

City council is looking to make the entrance to Harbour Quay more appealing for residents and tourists alike, Mayor Mike Ruttan announced.

Mayor Mike Ruttan is looking to display antique machinery on the empty lots at the corner of Third Avenue and Dunbar Street.
The Kinsmen Club of Port Alberni tests out Argyle Street for their proposed soapbox derby.

Uptown racing—soapbox derby style—on its way to Argyle

Thunder in the Valley won’t be the only race in town this summer with the Kinsmen Club’s soapbox derby flying down Argyle Street on July 30.

The Kinsmen Club of Port Alberni tests out Argyle Street for their proposed soapbox derby.

City council briefs

Work for the Alberni Valley Museum, tourism grant application for the city and more at the Port Alberni city hall this week.

Westcoast Native Health Care Society manager of assisted living residences Shaunee Casavant, board of directors chair Darlene Watts and site manager Gerri Thomas stand in front of the entrance way to Rainbow Gardens on Thursday afternoon.

Residents pan new plan for parkland

Rainbow Gardens has updated expansion plans to include park space and recreational facilities, some Westporte residents still aren’t happy.

Westcoast Native Health Care Society manager of assisted living residences Shaunee Casavant, board of directors chair Darlene Watts and site manager Gerri Thomas stand in front of the entrance way to Rainbow Gardens on Thursday afternoon.

Female chief elected in historic Tseshaht vote

The Alberni Valley's Tseshaht First Nations members went to the polls on May 14 to elect a new executive council.

Medicine Shoppe pharmacist Ty Hanson bikes at Sproat Lake in preparation for Bike to Work week.

Bike week kicks off in Alberni

Port Alberni’s streets are about to be filled with cyclists—or at least that’s what Bike to Work week organizer Sarah Thomas is hoping for.

Medicine Shoppe pharmacist Ty Hanson bikes at Sproat Lake in preparation for Bike to Work week.
A c-130 drops some foam during a test run.

Coulson Aviation wins USAF contract for tank system

Coulson Aviation has won the United States Air Force contract install up to seven retardant delivery systems in C-130H model aircraft.

A c-130 drops some foam during a test run.
Port Alberni Maritime Heritage Society president Kenn Whiteman, left, and PAMHS member David Whitworth, third from left, join port authority personnel David  McCormick, Cecilia Addy and Nicole Startup-Shanks at the waterfront for Port Day preparations.

Port Alberni Port Authority opens doors to public

Have you ever been curious about the ships that come in and out of the Alberni Harbour? This Saturday, May 28, is your chance to find out.

Port Alberni Maritime Heritage Society president Kenn Whiteman, left, and PAMHS member David Whitworth, third from left, join port authority personnel David  McCormick, Cecilia Addy and Nicole Startup-Shanks at the waterfront for Port Day preparations.