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Emissions from Cantimber Biotech's facility on April 29.

Cantimber says emissions due to cracked valve

Port Alberni air quality chair Sarah Thomas said she'd like more consistent monitoring at the facility.

Emissions from Cantimber Biotech's facility on April 29.
Bowerman Excavating owner Craig Bowerman, Port Alberni Mayor Mike Ruttan and manager of operations Wilf Taekema stand in front of the newly widened Dry Creek and newly built trail along it behind Smitty’s Restaurant.

Dry Creek flood work complete

The flood mitigation work recently completed at Dry Creek will give a boost to business along lower Third Avenue

Bowerman Excavating owner Craig Bowerman, Port Alberni Mayor Mike Ruttan and manager of operations Wilf Taekema stand in front of the newly widened Dry Creek and newly built trail along it behind Smitty’s Restaurant.
The Horne Lake connector route being considered by the Ministry of Transportation is outlined in green. Hwy. 4 between Port Alberni and Nanaimo is in red.

Alternate route out of Alberni Valley still a possibility: McLeman

Delays are continuing in the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District’s fight for an alternate way out of the Alberni Valley.

The Horne Lake connector route being considered by the Ministry of Transportation is outlined in green. Hwy. 4 between Port Alberni and Nanaimo is in red.

City of Port Alberni searches for CAO

The City of Port Alberni has retained executive search firm Davies Park to recruit a new CAO for the city.

A school bus drives across the newly reconstructed Gertrude Street bridge over Kitsuksis Creek on April 25.

Gertrude St. bridge project totals $489K

The Gertrude Street bridge is now open—but at almost half a million dollars, it’s costing taxpayers double the original price tag.

A school bus drives across the newly reconstructed Gertrude Street bridge over Kitsuksis Creek on April 25.
Members of Vancouver’s Heavy Urban Search and Rescue team practice manoeuvres at BC Place stadium in Vancouver. More than 70 members of this elite team will come to Port Alberni June 7–10 as part of Exercise Coastal Response, a million-dollar earthquake and tsunami disaster training.  See story and more photos on page A3.

Task Force 1 prepares for Alberni exercise

Vancouver’s heavy urban search and rescue team will come to the Alberni Valley for Exercise Coastal Response in June.

Members of Vancouver’s Heavy Urban Search and Rescue team practice manoeuvres at BC Place stadium in Vancouver. More than 70 members of this elite team will come to Port Alberni June 7–10 as part of Exercise Coastal Response, a million-dollar earthquake and tsunami disaster training.  See story and more photos on page A3.
Patty Edwards takes home the Citizen of the Year award at the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce awards on Friday night.

Edwards honoured as Citizen of the Year

Patty Edwards took home the top honour of the night at the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce awards on Friday night.

Patty Edwards takes home the Citizen of the Year award at the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce awards on Friday night.
The first car drives across the newly reconstructed Gertrude Street bridge on the afternoon of April 25.

Gertrude Street bridge opens

The City of Port Alberni opened the bridge to vehicle traffic as of late afternoon on April 25.

The first car drives across the newly reconstructed Gertrude Street bridge on the afternoon of April 25.
Players with the ADSS Armada girls’ rugby team work to detain a competitor during a friendly match at DW Poppy in Langley.

Rugby Armada bring home win

The Alberni Armada girls rugby team took home a win against D.W. Poppy Secondary School in a friendly match on the Lower Mainland last week.

Players with the ADSS Armada girls’ rugby team work to detain a competitor during a friendly match at DW Poppy in Langley.

City will revisit tsunami risk to public works yard

The city will review the location and makeup of their public works yard following Exercise: Coastal Response in June.

Heat nears records in Alberni—and it’s only April

Near record-breaking heat hit the Alberni Valley this week.

City of Port Alberni manager of operations Wilf Taekema, left, Alberni Valley Drag Racing Association president Bill Surry, right, and another observer suss out the site for Thunder in the Valley on Stamp Avenue at the end of March.

Drag strip ramps up on Stamp

Preparations for Thunder in the Valley are going smoothly, according to Alberni Valley Drag Racing Association president Bill Surry.

City of Port Alberni manager of operations Wilf Taekema, left, Alberni Valley Drag Racing Association president Bill Surry, right, and another observer suss out the site for Thunder in the Valley on Stamp Avenue at the end of March.
City of Port Alberni waterworks chargehand Amar Giri checks the rainfall gauge at the China Creek intake on Monday.

Alberni Valley water levels ‘topped up’

Water levels at the City of Port Alberni's water sources are good for now, according to waterworks chargehand Amar Giri.

City of Port Alberni waterworks chargehand Amar Giri checks the rainfall gauge at the China Creek intake on Monday.
Broombusters director Joanne Sales, right, is ready to start the 2016 broombusting season in the Alberni Valley.

Broombusting season hits the Alberni Valley

The sun is shining, the days are getting warmer and the hills around the Alberni Valley are blooming—but not all of that new growth.

Broombusters director Joanne Sales, right, is ready to start the 2016 broombusting season in the Alberni Valley.

Neighbours worried about new Burde subdivision

Traffic issues and low water pressure were big concerns to Burde Street residents at a public hearing last week.

Alberni Bulldogs hockey club still owes $55K to city

The Bulldogs have only paid off $8,000 in almost two years.

Plans for Paul Saroya’s five-storey mixed-use residential and commercial development on Third Avenue were presented to council.

Saroya’s Third Avenue development permit approved

The empty gravel lot beside Artemis Books on upper Third Avenue in Port Alberni is one step closer to being filled with more that just cars.

Plans for Paul Saroya’s five-storey mixed-use residential and commercial development on Third Avenue were presented to council.
Owen Martens, 6, and Lily Martens, 8, help kindle a fire in their family’s compliant fire pit at their home on Thursday evening.

Outdoor burn ban expands

Friday, April 15 will be the last time open burning will be legal in the City of Port Alberni—but campfires will remain unnaffected.

Owen Martens, 6, and Lily Martens, 8, help kindle a fire in their family’s compliant fire pit at their home on Thursday evening.

Alberni briefs: a fire conference, liquor licences and more

Island Corridor Foundation liaisons, Alberni curlers got to nationals and more in the Alberni Valley this week.

PAPA director of public relations and business development Dave McCormick is looking for names for the port authority’s new boardwalk.

PAPA looks for boardwalk name, cafe

The waterfront by Fisherman’s Harbour will soon look different—and the Port Alberni Port Authority wants the community’s help it a name.

PAPA director of public relations and business development Dave McCormick is looking for names for the port authority’s new boardwalk.