Katya Slepian

The 2016 Sunset Market starts on June 22 at Clutesi Haven Marina.

Alberni’s Sunset Market moves to Clutesi marina

Formerly located at Victoria Quay, the weekly summer market is moving to take advantage of more space and less wind at Clutesi.

The 2016 Sunset Market starts on June 22 at Clutesi Haven Marina.
Canal Beach steward Sandra Gentleman gets ready to kiteboard at Canal Beach. Former plywood lots A and B can be seen behind her.

City of Port Alberni to sell plywood lots A and B

The city is moving ahead with the sale of former plywood lots A and B to the owners of Canadian Alberni Engineering for $250,000.

Canal Beach steward Sandra Gentleman gets ready to kiteboard at Canal Beach. Former plywood lots A and B can be seen behind her.
Port Alberni Fire Department firefighters fight a car fire on the 4500 block of Elizabeth Street.

Car fire on Elizabeth Street in Port Alberni

A car caught fire just after 11 a.m today (May 19) in the 4500 block of Elizabeth Street.

Port Alberni Fire Department firefighters fight a car fire on the 4500 block of Elizabeth Street.
Ed Johnson, Jamie Haack and Neil Ruel (in excavator) clear off the Stamp Avenue curb in preparation for Thunder in the Valley.

City of Port Alberni crews prepare for Thunder in the Valley

Preparations for Thunder in the Valley are underway at Stamp Avenue.

Ed Johnson, Jamie Haack and Neil Ruel (in excavator) clear off the Stamp Avenue curb in preparation for Thunder in the Valley.
Gertrude Street changes names twice between Compton Road and Argyle Street. City council would like to name all three sections something the same.

Roads face name change on main drag

Port Alberni’s longest three streets could soon be amalgamated into one

Gertrude Street changes names twice between Compton Road and Argyle Street. City council would like to name all three sections something the same.
Regan Pley, her father Tim, Frances Wilson, Freya Knapp and Colin Minions move the soon-to-be painted piano onto a trailer.

ADSS students seek to liven up Quay

Harbour Quay will soon get musical, thanks to four girls in Anne Ostwald’s social justice class at Alberni District Secondary School.

Regan Pley, her father Tim, Frances Wilson, Freya Knapp and Colin Minions move the soon-to-be painted piano onto a trailer.

PAPA brings Port Day

The Port Alberni Port Authority will open up the waterfront to the public with a Port Day celebration on Saturday, May 28.

Cycle Alberni hopes to inspire new cyclists

Advocacy group hope that Bike to Work week will inspire longterm bicycle use

Students seek to ban smoking in vehicles

Alberni District Secondary students are hoping to have smoking banned in cars across the city.

Childcare spaces lacking in Alberni Valley

Day care spaces lacking in the Alberni Valley, according to a childcare consultant.

The Hawaii Mars was last watered in the summer of 2015.

Coulson markets Martin Mars

The Coulson Group is exploring alternate options for the Hawaii Mars waterbomber, according to CEO Wayne Coulson.

The Hawaii Mars was last watered in the summer of 2015.

West Coast Aquatic to examine Inlet water quality

Alberni Valley residents will soon have a better idea of what’s going into their inlet, thanks to West Coast Aquatic.

A worker dredges the former Catalyst lagoon in preparation for the city switching over to it in 2018.

City begins dredging new sewage lagoon

The City of Port Alberni has begun dredging the former Catalyst Sewage lagoon, said major projects advisor Ken Watson.

A worker dredges the former Catalyst lagoon in preparation for the city switching over to it in 2018.
Students from the Grade 4–5 class at EJ Dunn join biologist Dave Clough in the Kitsuksis Creek by the AVEA fish hatchery at McLean Mill for a lesson on the lifecycle of salmon during the Gently Down the Creek program last month.

Students get hands-on look at aquatic life

Kids follow the lifecycle of coho salmon from the classroom to Kitsuksis Creek out at McLean Mill.

Students from the Grade 4–5 class at EJ Dunn join biologist Dave Clough in the Kitsuksis Creek by the AVEA fish hatchery at McLean Mill for a lesson on the lifecycle of salmon during the Gently Down the Creek program last month.
Toquaht Nation Coun, Kirsten Johnsen and Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District chair Josie Osborne cut the cake at the ACRD’s 50th anniversary celebration at their Port Alberni offices last week.

Toquaht Nation ponders ACRD

A fourth First Nation is considering joining the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District.

Toquaht Nation Coun, Kirsten Johnsen and Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District chair Josie Osborne cut the cake at the ACRD’s 50th anniversary celebration at their Port Alberni offices last week.

Alberni airport expansion begins: Bowerman

The ACRD board had voted unanimously at the end of March to award the $4.2 million airport expansion contract to Bowerman Excavating.

Bamfield’s oldest resident, Eileen Scott, gets ready to cut the ribbon held by the youngest student at the Bamfield Community school, above, in front of the newly-purchased Bamfield Motel on April 23.

Huu-ay-aht First Nation celebrate with Bamfield

The neighbours are looking towards a brighter future thanks to the Huu-ay-aht’s property purchases

Bamfield’s oldest resident, Eileen Scott, gets ready to cut the ribbon held by the youngest student at the Bamfield Community school, above, in front of the newly-purchased Bamfield Motel on April 23.
A fire broke in a motor home parked at E.J. Dunn Elementary School.

UPDATE: Propane leak caused motor home fire at EJ Dunn

The elementary school sustained only minor damage,according to the Port Alberni Fire Department.

A fire broke in a motor home parked at E.J. Dunn Elementary School.
Coulson's Sikorsky S-61 returns to the Alberni Valley Regional Airport after fighting the Dog Mountain fire in July 2015.

Coulson Sikorsky helicopter to fight Fort McMurray wildfire

The province of Alberta has contracted one of Coulson Aviation's Sikorsky S-61's to fight the 2,600 hectare fire raging near Fort McMurray.

Coulson's Sikorsky S-61 returns to the Alberni Valley Regional Airport after fighting the Dog Mountain fire in July 2015.
Kaylen Poirier, left, and her sister Mackenzie check out a starfish in a touch tank at the new West Coast Aquatic aquarium at Harbour Quay with WCA Stewardship Association executive director Sheena Falconer. The long-awaited aquarium and learning centre officially opened on Sunday, May 1.

Aquarium opens at Harbour Quay

West Coast Aquatic fulfills dream of education centre

Kaylen Poirier, left, and her sister Mackenzie check out a starfish in a touch tank at the new West Coast Aquatic aquarium at Harbour Quay with WCA Stewardship Association executive director Sheena Falconer. The long-awaited aquarium and learning centre officially opened on Sunday, May 1.