Susie Quinn

A BC Transit bus leaves the Diversified Transportation Ltd. garage on Fourth Avenue Oct. 8, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Trio of Port Alberni transit bus drivers test positive for COVID-19

‘low risk of transmission’ among staff, customers, says BC Transit

A BC Transit bus leaves the Diversified Transportation Ltd. garage on Fourth Avenue Oct. 8, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Cases of COVID-19 are creeping up in the Alberni-Clayoquot health region, mainly from close contact in households and social events, says Island Health (GRAPHIC COURTESY BCCDC.CA)

Alberni-Clayoquot becoming COVID-19 hotspot on Vancouver Island

Cluster of cases at elementary school the latest for Island school districts

Cases of COVID-19 are creeping up in the Alberni-Clayoquot health region, mainly from close contact in households and social events, says Island Health (GRAPHIC COURTESY BCCDC.CA)
‘Road flooded’ signs in the 3500-block of Fourth Avenue caution drivers who are trying to get around in heavy rain on Sept. 17, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Heavy rainfall in Port Alberni came close to setting records

First real storm of September overwhelmed waterways in central Island city

‘Road flooded’ signs in the 3500-block of Fourth Avenue caution drivers who are trying to get around in heavy rain on Sept. 17, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Susan Farlinger (Liberal Party), Gord Johns (NDP Party) and Mary Lee (Conservative Party) answer questions from the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce. (SCREENSHOTS)

ELECTION 2021: Hear from Courtenay-Alberni candidates on election issues

Alberni chamber of commerce asks questions of three main party candidates

Susan Farlinger (Liberal Party), Gord Johns (NDP Party) and Mary Lee (Conservative Party) answer questions from the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce. (SCREENSHOTS)
‘Road flooded’ signs in the 3500-block of Fourth Avenue caution drivers who are trying to get around in heavy rain on Sept. 17, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Heavy rain causes flooding, road closures in Port Alberni

First real storm of September overwhelms waterways in central Island city

‘Road flooded’ signs in the 3500-block of Fourth Avenue caution drivers who are trying to get around in heavy rain on Sept. 17, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Carver Tim Paul, left, talks with a collaborator prior to the ‘closing the eyes’ ceremony for n’aasn’aas?aqsa Aug. 13, 2021 at the Maritime Discovery Centre. The totem will be unveiled in its final resting place near Victoria Quay on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

New home for Indigenous language totem pole in Port Alberni

Language pole was a joint carving project in partnership with the United Nations

Carver Tim Paul, left, talks with a collaborator prior to the ‘closing the eyes’ ceremony for n’aasn’aas?aqsa Aug. 13, 2021 at the Maritime Discovery Centre. The totem will be unveiled in its final resting place near Victoria Quay on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Port Alberni Toy Run president David Wiwchar says the 2021 festivities will happen on Sept. 18–19, 2021, with the ride through the city on Saturday and the poker run for participants on Sunday. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni Toy Run returns Sept. 18 with modified look

Riders will be able to participate in more events for 2021 depending on health orders

Port Alberni Toy Run president David Wiwchar says the 2021 festivities will happen on Sept. 18–19, 2021, with the ride through the city on Saturday and the poker run for participants on Sunday. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Enjoying a beverage on a restaurant patio in Port Alberni comes with some new COVID-19 conditions as of Sept. 13, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Island businesses grapple with threats as new COVID-19 vaccine passports start

‘These things are beyond our control…there is no option to opt out.’

Enjoying a beverage on a restaurant patio in Port Alberni comes with some new COVID-19 conditions as of Sept. 13, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Family, friends and supporters gathered for a quiet memorial behind the Port Alberni Friendship Center on Sept. 1, 2021 to remember Russell Seeber, whose life ended tragically at the same location a few days earlier. A cross has been erected as a physical memorial. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

‘Helpful’, ‘lost’: friends, family recall victim of Port Alberni tree tragedy

Advocates say Russell Seeber’s death underlines need for 24-hour crisis response

Family, friends and supporters gathered for a quiet memorial behind the Port Alberni Friendship Center on Sept. 1, 2021 to remember Russell Seeber, whose life ended tragically at the same location a few days earlier. A cross has been erected as a physical memorial. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Close to 75 protesters with signs marched between FIr Park Village and Echo Village long-term care homes in Port Alberni on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021 to advocate for better conditions and management at the facilities. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Supporters protest conditions at pair of Port Alberni long-term care homes

Staff shortages are compromising care, says Echo Village resident

Close to 75 protesters with signs marched between FIr Park Village and Echo Village long-term care homes in Port Alberni on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021 to advocate for better conditions and management at the facilities. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
A construction worker lifts a piece of plywood onto sawhorses on top of the helipad outside the West Coast General Hospital’s emergency department on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. Work has begun on the $6.25-million emergency department expansion. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Construction begins on West Coast General Hospital expansion

$6.25M expansion will see larger emergency department at Port Alberni’s hospital

A construction worker lifts a piece of plywood onto sawhorses on top of the helipad outside the West Coast General Hospital’s emergency department on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. Work has begun on the $6.25-million emergency department expansion. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Port Alberni RCMP have released a photo from a security video of the man who urinated at the front counter of the Dairy Queen on Aug. 27, 2021, hoping someone will identify him. (PHOTO COURTESY BC RCMP)

Man urinates in Port Alberni business after being asked to put on a mask

RCMP are searching for the suspect that caused a disturbance at Dairy Queen

Port Alberni RCMP have released a photo from a security video of the man who urinated at the front counter of the Dairy Queen on Aug. 27, 2021, hoping someone will identify him. (PHOTO COURTESY BC RCMP)
Numerous emergency personnel were on standby for several hours behind the Port Alberni Friendship Center on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 as an RCMP crisis negotiator and other healthcare officials attempted to talk a person out of a tree. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Standoff between distraught man in tree and Port Alberni RCMP ends tragically

RCMP, mental health workers spent two days trying to coax man from 14-metre-high perch

Numerous emergency personnel were on standby for several hours behind the Port Alberni Friendship Center on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 as an RCMP crisis negotiator and other healthcare officials attempted to talk a person out of a tree. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
An RCMP cruiser sits in front of a home on 18th Avenue near Argyle Street in Port Alberni where a man was shot to death Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

One man fatally shot in residential neighbourhood in Port Alberni

RCMP say there is no threat to people living in the community

An RCMP cruiser sits in front of a home on 18th Avenue near Argyle Street in Port Alberni where a man was shot to death Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
An RCMP cruiser sits in front of a home on 18th Avenue near Argyle Street in Port Alberni where a man was shot to death Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

One man fatally shot in residential neighbourhood in Port Alberni

RCMP say there is no threat to people living in the community

An RCMP cruiser sits in front of a home on 18th Avenue near Argyle Street in Port Alberni where a man was shot to death Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
A beaver lodge can be seen in one of two ponds along the Log Train Trail near what is known as the Burde Street Beaver Ponds. A group of Port Alberni residents is concerned that development in the area will compromise habitat in the wetlands. (PHOTO COURTESY SANDY MCRUER)

San Group’s $1.1B project will irreparably harm beaver ponds, says retired forester

Proposed 75-acre ‘planned community’ in Port Alberni includes controversial wetlands

A beaver lodge can be seen in one of two ponds along the Log Train Trail near what is known as the Burde Street Beaver Ponds. A group of Port Alberni residents is concerned that development in the area will compromise habitat in the wetlands. (PHOTO COURTESY SANDY MCRUER)
Kamal Sanghera of San Group of Companies discusses the concept behind the billion-dollar Pacific Mayfair Estates with Port Alberni mayor Sharie Minions on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. The company announced plans for the housing development in their new Port Alberni headquarters. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

San Group unveils $1.1-billion housing plan for Port Alberni

Master planned community includes environmentally sensitive area

Kamal Sanghera of San Group of Companies discusses the concept behind the billion-dollar Pacific Mayfair Estates with Port Alberni mayor Sharie Minions on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. The company announced plans for the housing development in their new Port Alberni headquarters. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Greg Willmon, left, from Devon Transport Ltd. of Nanaimo meets with Mike Surrell to talk about the transfer of ownership of Lady Rose Marine Services to Willmon and his partner Barrie Rogers. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

New owner says ‘business as usual’ after rescuing marine service to Bamfield

Greg Willmon said decision to purchase ailing Lady Rose Marine Services was easy

Greg Willmon, left, from Devon Transport Ltd. of Nanaimo meets with Mike Surrell to talk about the transfer of ownership of Lady Rose Marine Services to Willmon and his partner Barrie Rogers. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
The MV Frances Barkley can be seen in the harbour in Bamfield in this undated photo. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

New owners rescue Lady Rose Marine Services

Marine passenger and cargo service will continue between Port Alberni, Bamfield

The MV Frances Barkley can be seen in the harbour in Bamfield in this undated photo. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The Somass Mill has been a fixture on Port Alberni’s waterfront since 1935. Work at the sawmill has been stalled since February 2017, and on July 27 owner Western Forest Products said it will close the mill ‘indefinitely’. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

City of Port Alberni buys Somass Sawmill lands for $5.3 million

City, Western Forest Products come to agreement following expropriation notice

The Somass Mill has been a fixture on Port Alberni’s waterfront since 1935. Work at the sawmill has been stalled since February 2017, and on July 27 owner Western Forest Products said it will close the mill ‘indefinitely’. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO