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Berni the olive ridley sea turtle was found in the Alberni Inlet on Sept. 30. PHOTO COURTESY BRIAN VALLEE

VIDEO: Rare tropical sea turtle rescued on Vancouver Island

‘Berni’ the olive ridley sea turtle is recovering from cold shock at the Vancouver Aquarium

Berni the olive ridley sea turtle was found in the Alberni Inlet on Sept. 30. PHOTO COURTESY BRIAN VALLEE
Bruce Patterson (left) presents ADSS teacher Mike Roberts with a certificate of recognition on Tuesday, Sept. 24. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Teacher honoured for action in fatal Bamfield bus crash

Alberni’s Mike Roberts played ‘critical role’ in bus crash rescue between Port Alberni and Bamfield

Bruce Patterson (left) presents ADSS teacher Mike Roberts with a certificate of recognition on Tuesday, Sept. 24. ELENA RARDON PHOTO
The bus involved in a crash on Bamfield Road on Friday, Sept. 13 is towed away from the scene. PHOTO COURTESY CTV NEWS VANCOUVER ISLAND

Forestry watchdog warned B.C. government about Bamfield Road in 2008

Ombusman’s specific concerns re-surface in wake of bus crash that killed two students

The bus involved in a crash on Bamfield Road on Friday, Sept. 13 is towed away from the scene. PHOTO COURTESY CTV NEWS VANCOUVER ISLAND
The bus was towed away from the crash site on Saturday, Sept. 14. PHOTO COURTESY CTV NEWS VANCOUVER ISLAND

Safety concerns resurface after fatal bus crash on Vancouver Island

Huu-ay-aht First Nations wants a safe route between Bamfield and Port Alberni

The bus was towed away from the crash site on Saturday, Sept. 14. PHOTO COURTESY CTV NEWS VANCOUVER ISLAND
Mayor Sharie Minions responds to the news of a bus crash on Bamfield Road. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

Mayor Sharie Minions responds to the news of a bus crash on Bamfield Road. ELENA RARDON PHOTO
Firefighters from multiple departments around the Alberni Valley responded to a house fire on Gallic Road just west of Port Alberni on Wednesday, June 12. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

UPDATE: Family escapes injury in structure fire west of Port Alberni

Firefighters rescue family’s dog from fire on Tseshaht First Nation land

Firefighters from multiple departments around the Alberni Valley responded to a house fire on Gallic Road just west of Port Alberni on Wednesday, June 12. ELENA RARDON PHOTO
Lauren Spencer-Smith performs on the Steve Harvey Show. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Teen Vancouver Island singer gains fame from viral video

Lauren Spencer-Smith appears on Steve Harvey show after video hits 19 million views

Lauren Spencer-Smith performs on the Steve Harvey Show. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Paraglider spends cold night on Vancouver Island mountain range

Paraglider spends cold night on Vancouver Island mountain range

Bad weather hampered helicopter rescue

Paraglider spends cold night on Vancouver Island mountain range
A group of climbers scaled Della Falls, Canada’s largest waterfall, for the first time last month. CHRIS JENSEN PHOTO

Ice climbers scale Canada’s tallest waterfall on Vancouver Island

Ice climbers Chris Jensen, Will Gadd and Peter Hoang made history

A group of climbers scaled Della Falls, Canada’s largest waterfall, for the first time last month. CHRIS JENSEN PHOTO
Several volunteers, including Gordon Dick of Ahtsik Native Art Gallery, help to move an 800-year-old log from Huu-ay-aht First Nations to its new location in Port Alberni. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

800-year-old Vancouver Island log ready for United Nations project

Language Revitalization Pole will be publicly carved, then delivered to the University of Victoria

Several volunteers, including Gordon Dick of Ahtsik Native Art Gallery, help to move an 800-year-old log from Huu-ay-aht First Nations to its new location in Port Alberni. ELENA RARDON PHOTO
The R3 “Alco” diesel locomotive pulls out of the Alberni Pacific Railway roundhouse in July 2018, preparing to take tourists from the train station in Port Alberni out to McLean Mill National Historic Site. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

City of Port Alberni cancels tourist train operations for 2019

Steam train to McLean Mill is out of commission for repairs; city wants to re-examine rail costs

The R3 “Alco” diesel locomotive pulls out of the Alberni Pacific Railway roundhouse in July 2018, preparing to take tourists from the train station in Port Alberni out to McLean Mill National Historic Site. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
B.C. couple wins $5 million Lotto 6/49 jackpot

B.C. couple wins $5 million Lotto 6/49 jackpot

Port Alberni husband and wife plan to put money aside for children and grandchildren

B.C. couple wins $5 million Lotto 6/49 jackpot
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Vancouver Island parents charged for capture of child luring suspect

Video of Port Alberni assault was widely distributed on social media

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Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District election irregularity goes to court

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District election irregularity goes to court

Electoral officer has asked for two area elections to be declared invalid

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District election irregularity goes to court
The Port Alberni Cannabis Club displays signs that the store is “closed until further notice” after a raid on Wednesday. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Two B.C. cannabis dispensaries raided on legalization day

Port Alberni dispensaries ticketed for “unlawful sale” of cannabis

The Port Alberni Cannabis Club displays signs that the store is “closed until further notice” after a raid on Wednesday. ELENA RARDON PHOTO
The Huu-ay-aht First Nations from Anacla, near Bamfield on Vancouver Island’s west coast, have a multi-faceted economic development plan based on tourism. In 2017 they launched Kiixin tours, with traditional knowledge holders sharing their nations’ culture. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Indigenous tourism blossoming on Vancouver Island

BIG READ: Islanders investing in First Nations cultural experiences to attract the world

The Huu-ay-aht First Nations from Anacla, near Bamfield on Vancouver Island’s west coast, have a multi-faceted economic development plan based on tourism. In 2017 they launched Kiixin tours, with traditional knowledge holders sharing their nations’ culture. SUBMITTED PHOTO
16-year-old Madi Duncan joined the Foo Fighters on stage at Rogers Arena during a concert in Vancouver on Saturday, Sept. 8. SUBMITTED PHOTO

VIDEO: Young B.C. musician sings with the Foo Fighters

Stranger Than Fiction’s Madi Duncan from Port Alberni was invited up on stage at the Vancouver show

16-year-old Madi Duncan joined the Foo Fighters on stage at Rogers Arena during a concert in Vancouver on Saturday, Sept. 8. SUBMITTED PHOTO
A truck caught fire on the side of the highway near Cathedral Grove Tuesday afternoon. PHOTO COURTESY BARB BROWN

Vehicle catches fire near Vancouver Island provincial park

Fire shut down Highway 4 in both directions

A truck caught fire on the side of the highway near Cathedral Grove Tuesday afternoon. PHOTO COURTESY BARB BROWN
The T-137 Fireliner carries out a series of drops as part of its FAA testing in July. PHOTO COURTESY DAVE CIBLEY

Martin Mars unlikely to see firefighting action in Port Alberni

Water bomber ‘isn’t anywhere ready’ for fires burning in its Vancouver Island backyard

The T-137 Fireliner carries out a series of drops as part of its FAA testing in July. PHOTO COURTESY DAVE CIBLEY