Susie Quinn

A1 Convenience owner Jodi Rai, right, joins the five million-dollar lotto winners who have all purchased tickets at his Port Alberni corner store: from left, Rocky LaPlante, Helga and Al Fry, Otto Anker, Louise and Ian Thomas (who won $5 million in February 2019), and Richard Zoet. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Vancouver Island home to B.C.’s luckiest lotto store

Five million-dollar winners have bought tickets from same Port Alberni corner store

A1 Convenience owner Jodi Rai, right, joins the five million-dollar lotto winners who have all purchased tickets at his Port Alberni corner store: from left, Rocky LaPlante, Helga and Al Fry, Otto Anker, Louise and Ian Thomas (who won $5 million in February 2019), and Richard Zoet. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
A 25-year-old man from Qualicum Beach escaped injury after his logging truck tipped over in front of the Best Western Barclay Hotel on Stamp Avenue in Port Alberni on Feb. 25, 2019. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

VIDEO: B.C. logging truck had a close call minutes before it crashed

Dashcam video shows logging truck nearly lose its balance over a bridge

A 25-year-old man from Qualicum Beach escaped injury after his logging truck tipped over in front of the Best Western Barclay Hotel on Stamp Avenue in Port Alberni on Feb. 25, 2019. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Alberni Valley firefighters extinguish a truck fire near the Port Alberni Summit (top of the Hump) on Tuesday morning, March 12. PHOTO COURTESY PORT ALBERNI FIRE DEPT.

Fiery crash closes Highway 4 at Port Alberni Summit

Two people taken to hospital following head-on collision

Alberni Valley firefighters extinguish a truck fire near the Port Alberni Summit (top of the Hump) on Tuesday morning, March 12. PHOTO COURTESY PORT ALBERNI FIRE DEPT.
Catalyst Paper employees work to put out a fire in the No. 4 paper machine’s dryer while waiting for Port Alberni Fire Dept. firefighters to arrive, Monday morning (March 11). GARY CHECK PHOTO

Fire halts work at Catalyst Paper in Port Alberni

Plant is due for ownership change later this month

Catalyst Paper employees work to put out a fire in the No. 4 paper machine’s dryer while waiting for Port Alberni Fire Dept. firefighters to arrive, Monday morning (March 11). GARY CHECK PHOTO
Alberni Pacific Division Sawmill will see a one-month shutdown as of March 18. AV NEWS FILE PHOTO

Western Forest Products to shut Alberni sawmill for a month

APD Sawmill employees will be out of work starting March 18

Alberni Pacific Division Sawmill will see a one-month shutdown as of March 18. AV NEWS FILE PHOTO
Port Alberni RCMP mourn loss of off-duty officer

Port Alberni RCMP mourn loss of off-duty officer

Additional resources sent to Alberni to help fellow officers deal with death

Port Alberni RCMP mourn loss of off-duty officer
Steelhead LNG representatives speak to members of the public during an open house at the Italian Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 27. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Steelhead LNG stops work on Kwispaa LNG project near Bamfield

Huu-ay-aht First Nations ‘deeply disappointed; Steelhead says funding is the problem

Steelhead LNG representatives speak to members of the public during an open house at the Italian Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 27. ELENA RARDON PHOTO
A group of curious children and their parents gather at a beach in north Saanich to check out the carcass of a sixgill shark that washed up earlier in the week. PHOTO COURTESY PETER MIERAS

Alberni Valley ocean advocate documents shark necropsy

Peter Mieras runs annual shark survey, is known for ‘ghost’ fishing gear recovery efforts

A group of curious children and their parents gather at a beach in north Saanich to check out the carcass of a sixgill shark that washed up earlier in the week. PHOTO COURTESY PETER MIERAS
A new water treatment plant in Bamfield means a five-year-old water advisory has been lifted. The public will get a chance to see the new treatment plant at an open house on March 1. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Five years later, Bamfield’s water is finally safe

New treatment plant cancels West Coast village’s longstanding water quality advisory

A new water treatment plant in Bamfield means a five-year-old water advisory has been lifted. The public will get a chance to see the new treatment plant at an open house on March 1. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Firefighter Brian Brick of Cherry Creek Fire Department has died of cancer. He is the second firefighter to die of a work-related illness in the Alberni Valley in January. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Cherry Creek firefighters mourn former deputy chief

Brian Brick is the second Alberni Valley firefighter to die of work-related cancer in January

Firefighter Brian Brick of Cherry Creek Fire Department has died of cancer. He is the second firefighter to die of a work-related illness in the Alberni Valley in January. SUBMITTED PHOTO
The top of Burde Street is closed following a fatal car accident this morning (Jan. 15, 2019). A collision analysis team has been called in from the east side of Vancouver Island. A detour is in place at Arbutus. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

UPDATE: One person confirmed dead in Port Alberni motor vehicle accident

Rural residential road remains closed as RCMP, coroner investigate

The top of Burde Street is closed following a fatal car accident this morning (Jan. 15, 2019). A collision analysis team has been called in from the east side of Vancouver Island. A detour is in place at Arbutus. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department is holding an honour guard for Carla Kulczycki, a firefighter who died from a work-related illness on Jan. 2. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Alberni Valley firefighters to honour one of their own

Honour guard will close Roger Street on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 11:30 a.m.

Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department is holding an honour guard for Carla Kulczycki, a firefighter who died from a work-related illness on Jan. 2. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Kaley Pugh, manager of the Port Alberni SPCA, visits with Spice, a five-year-old cat presently housed at the Broughton Street animal shelter. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Thieves steal Christmas donations from Port Alberni SPCA

Staff was forced to move animals to deal with building damage

Kaley Pugh, manager of the Port Alberni SPCA, visits with Spice, a five-year-old cat presently housed at the Broughton Street animal shelter. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Island Health is warning of an outbreak of norovirus at West Coast General Hospital in Port Alberni. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Norovirus outbreak at Vancouver Island hospital

First suspected case came to West Coast General in Port Alberni on Dec. 31

Island Health is warning of an outbreak of norovirus at West Coast General Hospital in Port Alberni. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
Highway 4 reopens between Qualicum and west coast

Highway 4 reopens between Qualicum and west coast

Crews deal with washout at Kennedy Lake; power still out in Tofino, Ucluelet

Highway 4 reopens between Qualicum and west coast
Traffic travelling westbound on Highway 4 are delayed on the Hump heading into Port Alberni Thursday afternoon after a few trees came down over the road. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Highway 4 closed east and west of Port Alberni

Numerous trees, power lines cut off west coast communities

Traffic travelling westbound on Highway 4 are delayed on the Hump heading into Port Alberni Thursday afternoon after a few trees came down over the road. SUBMITTED PHOTO
RCMP have cordoned off the Port Alberni shelter after a bomb threat. (Susan Quinn/Alberni Valley News)

UPDATE: Suspected bomb found at Port Alberni shelter

Area remains cordoned off until bomb squad arrives from Vancouver

RCMP have cordoned off the Port Alberni shelter after a bomb threat. (Susan Quinn/Alberni Valley News)
Huu-ay-aht First Nations Chief Councillor Robert Dennis Sr. talks about the benefits of a new agreement with Western Forest Products as WFP president and CEO Don Demens, left, listens. The announcement was made Friday, Dec. 14 at Pacific Coast University in Port Alberni.                                SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Vancouver Island First Nation buys limited interest in Western Forest Products

Huu-ay-aht First Nations enters into partnership with logging firm

Huu-ay-aht First Nations Chief Councillor Robert Dennis Sr. talks about the benefits of a new agreement with Western Forest Products as WFP president and CEO Don Demens, left, listens. The announcement was made Friday, Dec. 14 at Pacific Coast University in Port Alberni.                                SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
A ‘riderless bike’ memorial has been erected at the corner of 10th Avenue and Dunbar Street, where cyclist Daniel Butt was killed in November 2018. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
A ‘riderless bike’ memorial has been erected at the corner of 10th Avenue and Dunbar Street, where cyclist Daniel Butt was killed in November 2018. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
A ‘riderless bike’ memorial has been erected at the corner of 10th Avenue and Dunbar Street, where cyclist Daniel Butt was killed in November 2018. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

‘Ghost bikes’ installed to remember teen cyclists who died in Port Alberni

Cycle Alberni installs memorials to remember teens, remind all about road safety

A ‘riderless bike’ memorial has been erected at the corner of 10th Avenue and Dunbar Street, where cyclist Daniel Butt was killed in November 2018. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO