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Massive waves are expected to hit Tofino, Ucluelet and the Pacific Rim Park Reserve this week. (Photo - Nora O’Malley)

Winds up to 100 km/h expected for Vancouver Island

“If you are near the water, it is important to be ‘Coastsmart,’ by staying above the high tide.”

Massive waves are expected to hit Tofino, Ucluelet and the Pacific Rim Park Reserve this week. (Photo - Nora O’Malley)
Vancouver Islanders Nigel and Darlene Bailey traveled to Hawaii for the holidays.

Vancouver Island woman recounts terrifying ballistic missile false-alarm in Hawaii

“I immediately called both my children to say, ‘I’m proud of you and I love you.”

Vancouver Islanders Nigel and Darlene Bailey traveled to Hawaii for the holidays.
The Ucluelet Volunteer Fire Brigade responded to a flipped fuel truck on Highway 4 near Kennedy Lake in June, 2017. (Photo-Ucluelet Volunteer Fire Brigade)

$30 million project to make Hwy 4 to Tofino better

Highways crews set to smooth out the Kennedy Lake climb starting this spring

The Ucluelet Volunteer Fire Brigade responded to a flipped fuel truck on Highway 4 near Kennedy Lake in June, 2017. (Photo-Ucluelet Volunteer Fire Brigade)
Highway 4 between Port Alberni and the Tofino-Ucluelet Junction will be shut down every night for three months this summer.

Highway connecting Tofino and Ucluelet to rest of Vancouver Island faces nightly closures this summer

Mayor says highway will be open from midnight to 1 a.m. and again from 4 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Highway 4 between Port Alberni and the Tofino-Ucluelet Junction will be shut down every night for three months this summer.
OPINION POLL: Have you filled out the West Coast Multiplex Survey?
OPINION POLL: Have you filled out the West Coast Multiplex Survey?
A Westerly News reader sent in this photo of an Omega Pacific barge that was heavily damaged during two storm events last month and is believed to be the source of thousands of Taplow Feeds feed-bags washing up throughout the West Coast.

VIDEO: Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns slams government for keeping thousands of spilled aquaculture bags a secret

“Clearly this government cares 1,000 times more about its image than protecting the environment.”

A Westerly News reader sent in this photo of an Omega Pacific barge that was heavily damaged during two storm events last month and is believed to be the source of thousands of Taplow Feeds feed-bags washing up throughout the West Coast.
Tofino’s Mia Daniels will find out if she’s won a Salt Spring National Art Prize on Saturday night. (Photo - Salt Spring National Art Prize)

Tofino artist a finalist for Salt Spring National Art Prize

Daniels’ piece ‘Unititled (Coffee Cup)’ was selected from over 2,000 submissions.

Tofino’s Mia Daniels will find out if she’s won a Salt Spring National Art Prize on Saturday night. (Photo - Salt Spring National Art Prize)
Tofino Co-op employee Ruthie Gallic is thrilled to hand out reusable bags rather than plastic ones. (Photo - Surfrider Pacific Rim)

Surf group winning the war on plastic bags

The Tofino Co-op will no longer provide plastic bags, following in the footsteps of the Ucluelet location that already made the change earlier this year.

Tofino Co-op employee Ruthie Gallic is thrilled to hand out reusable bags rather than plastic ones. (Photo - Surfrider Pacific Rim)
DFO is investigating whether the nails sticking out of this float were put there intentionally to deter sea lions. (Tofino Photography - Photo)

Nails endangering sea lions on Ucluelet float spark DFO investigation

“In addition to being cruel and inhumane, it’s completely ineffective.”

DFO is investigating whether the nails sticking out of this float were put there intentionally to deter sea lions. (Tofino Photography - Photo)
A necropsy conducted by DFO revealed that this humpback whale, which washed up near Uclulet last week, had a broken jaw. (Photo - Kirsten Robinson)

Humpback whale washes up near Ucluelet

A necropsy performed on the large mammal revealed it had a broken jaw, which indicates significant trauma.

A necropsy conducted by DFO revealed that this humpback whale, which washed up near Uclulet last week, had a broken jaw. (Photo - Kirsten Robinson)
Jesse Bone of Filter Studios captured this image of a salmon shark while fishing for tuna with Willie Mitchell off Tofino.

VIDEO: Ex-Canuck Willie Mitchell spots rare salmon shark off Tofino

‘Fishing and eating tuna is marvellous. But it’s what you see out there.’

Jesse Bone of Filter Studios captured this image of a salmon shark while fishing for tuna with Willie Mitchell off Tofino.
Tofino RCMP praises Ahousaht First Nation’s response to plane crash

Tofino RCMP praises Ahousaht First Nation’s response to plane crash

“It creates a strong team in providing response and they’re an integral part of that team.”

Tofino RCMP praises Ahousaht First Nation’s response to plane crash
Plane crash near Tofino

Plane crash near Tofino

A light aircraft with two people on board crashed near Tofino Tuesday afternoon.

Plane crash near Tofino
VIDEO: Entangled sea lion rescued near Tofino

VIDEO: Entangled sea lion rescued near Tofino

An adult female Steller sea lion was facing a potentially painful and slow death on Cleland Island.

VIDEO: Entangled sea lion rescued near Tofino
BC VOTES 2017: Scott Fraser wins Mid Island-Pacific Rim

BC VOTES 2017: Scott Fraser wins Mid Island-Pacific Rim

UPDATE: West coasters hope for more focus on their issues as Fraser takes back his seat

BC VOTES 2017: Scott Fraser wins Mid Island-Pacific Rim
Ucluelet locals Myles Morrison, Ted Eeftink and Randy Oliwa participated in the Emergency Operation Centre’s drill on Wednesday. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

VIDEO: Tofino and Ucluelet participate in Island-wide emergency communications drill

“This is a great opportunity to showcase what we have and build on our general skills.”

Ucluelet locals Myles Morrison, Ted Eeftink and Randy Oliwa participated in the Emergency Operation Centre’s drill on Wednesday. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
A festival highlighting Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation culture and carving art is on its way to the Coast and will run from Sept. 10-21.

West Coast set for Carving on the Edge

“Tla-o-qui-aht people have lived alongside the great grandpa and grandma trees in this area for thousands of years," said Marika Swan

A festival highlighting Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation culture and carving art is on its way to the Coast and will run from Sept. 10-21.